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In brief: Troopers say driver fell asleep, crashed

MONDAY, MAY 6, 2013

A Kettle Falls, Wash., man was seriously injured Saturday in a one-car crash in Lincoln County, the Washington State Patrol reported.

Gerald D. Fasching, 74, fell asleep about 10 miles north of Davenport while driving north on state Highway 25. His Dodge van left the road about 2 p.m. and came to rest against an embankment, the WSP said.

He was taken to Davenport Hospital and later to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane by helicopter. He was listed in serious condition Sunday evening.

Fasching was not wearing a seat belt, the WSP said.

West Side fires small but smoky

MORTON, Wash. – Two small wildfires in Western Washington were producing a large amount of smoke on Sunday.

Karen Ripley of the Department of Natural Resources said a fire was burning on about 40 acres of trees and logging debris in the Capitol State Forest southwest of Olympia and smoke was visible from the capital city. An all-terrain-vehicle festival was happening in the forest over the weekend and some roads and trails had been closed because of the fire.

Another small fire was burning on private timberland southeast of Centralia.

Ripley said firefighters were working on about 10 acres of burning patches within a 100-acre perimeter. That fire burning on steep terrain in eastern Lewis County near Riffe Lake was also producing a large amount of smoke.

Ripley said there had been no evacuations or injuries from either fire.


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