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Injured Okanogan firefighter remains in critical condition

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 3, 2019

From staff reports

An Okanogan County firefighter remains in critical condition Tuesday after being airlifted to Seattle for medical treatment after he sustained extensive burns.

Christian Johnson, assistant chief with Okanogan County Fire District No. 3, was injured while fighting the Spring Coulee Fire that grew quickly to 142 acres on Sunday afternoon southwest of the town of Okanogan.

Johnson was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after suffering second- and third-degree burns over a majority of his body, according to Okanogan County Emergency Management. He will require skin grafts.

The fire, which began around 4 p.m., Sunday was contained within 90 minutes, according to Okanogan County Emergency Management. The Department of Natural Resources is investigating the cause of the fire.

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