Forest Service Identifies 3 Firefighters Killed in Washington Blaze

The U.S. Forest Service identified the dead as agency firefighters.


Four more firefighters have been injured in the blaze near the village of Twisp, but only one was taken to the hospital – a 25-year-old man who suffered severe burns.

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More than 900 firefighters are working the blaze, which started with a lightning strike August. 12.

Chris Schaefer, a faller with U.S. Timber Cuters, cuts down a tree, Wednesday, August 19, 2015, near a fire line on the First Creek Fire near Chelan, Wash. One fire is burning about a quarter-mile away from the nearest home, fire spokesman John Head said. One was hospitalized and released Wednesday night and the other may have been released Thursday.

“We’ve been expecting another devastating wildfire season, and have had our personnel and equipment ready so we can get them out the door the moment we’re asked for help”, said Maj.

August 5, 2008: A helicopter leaving a refueling run during the Iron 44 fire near Redding, California, clips a treetop during takeoff and smashes into a hillside, killing the pilot, a Forest Service inspector pilot and seven Oregon-based firefighters.

Further information about Wheeler wasn’t immediately available.

The houses are in a canyon on a highway north of the small town of Noxon.

The blazes have destroyed more than 50 homes, 60 other structures and more than 235,000 acres of land.

“It was a hellstorm up here”, Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers told Spokane news station KXLY-TV. Some 800 people in the county have been ordered out of their homes, Magnussen said. “The homeowners here that didn’t evacuate have been up all night long, watering their roofs”. Details of the visit are being worked out, but Inslee is expected to visit the Chelan Falls incident command post.

Fire burns on the ridge above a ranch on Twisp River Road in Twisp on Wednesday.

In west-central Idaho, federal officials closed a portion of the Payette National Forest due to a 10-square mile fire burning about 20 miles northwest of McCall.

Three firefighters have died after their vehicle crashed and became engulfed by flames from a raging wildfire in Washington state.

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Whitman College President Kathleen Murray says one of three firefighters who died fighting a fire in Twisp, Washington, was a student at the school.


“Because of the current level of commitment and forecast, having fire management expertise from Australian and New Zealand firefighters will be of tremendous help as we continue suppressing ongoing fires“, he said. “It’s still active. There’s still firefighters over there, my guys are over there, helicopters and planes still hitting it. It’s not going out tonight … the winds are still blowing”, he said.

Governor Inslee to visit Chelan Thursday