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Report reveals cause of Twisp fire

An investigation by the Washington state Department of Natural Resources found that tree branches rubbing on a power line started the 2015 blaze near Twisp that killed three firefighters.

Firefighter burned in deadly Washington fire leaves hospital

SEATTLE – The 25-year-old man severely injured in a Washington wildfire that killed three of his fellow firefighters left the hospital Wednesday after three months of treatment, but his recovery is far from complete. Daniel Lyon, who suffered burns on more than 60 percent of his body Aug. 19, still hasn’t regained use of his hands, and it will take time to get his body functioning well enough to go back to work. He wears a facemask and other wraps to help his wounds heal.

Okanogan towns get respite from fires

Many communities across Okanogan County had a brief let-up from fires scorching the region Friday evening. Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said the threat to people and homes was lower. In many areas the flames moved away from communities and into heavier timber, he said. Still, he emphasized that the threat wasn’t over.

New evacuations ordered in Okanogan County

Residents living along Twisp River Road from Arnica Lane to Little Bridge Creek in Okanogan County are now under a Level 3 evacuation order, which means they should leave immediately.

For three killed in Twisp, firefighting was part of passion, past

The men who died Wednesday fighting a fire near Twisp were a college physics student who had a passion for theater, an outdoorsman who recently hiked the Pacific Crest Trail and the son of a firefighter who yearned for a career in the Forest Service. The three men, Tom Zbyszewski, 20; Andrew Zajac, 26; and Richard Wheeler, 31, were killed after the vehicle they were in crashed and was enveloped by flames. Another firefighter, Daniel Lyon, 25, was critically injured and is being treated at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He arrived at the hospital Wednesday night with burns to about 60 percent of his body, the hospital said in a statement.

Back fire helps Twisp

Many businesses were open in Twisp on Thursday despite evacuation orders still in place. “The people who stayed are carrying on,” said Twisp City Councilman Dwight Filer.

Twisp blaze kills three firefighters as towns evacuate

WINTHROP, Wash. – Three firefighters were killed and four others injured Wednesday as raging wildfires advanced on towns in north-central Washington. Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said the deaths in a wildfire near Twisp were confirmed, but he said he was not immediately releasing further details about the circumstances. The firefighters who died were members of a Forest Service crew from the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Rogers said.

Firefighters were overtaken by fire after vehicle crash

WINTHROP, Wash. - The U.S. Forest Service closed a large chunk of the North Fork Coeur d’Alene River drainage Wednesday due to a forecast of hazardous fire weather and because close to 20 fires already are burning on the Coeur d’Alene River Ranger District.

Inslee confirms 3 dead in Twisp fire

OLYMPIA -- Saying his "heart breaks" over the loss of life, Gov. Jay Inslee confirms three firefighters died battling the blaze in Twisp.

Three firefighters killed near Twisp

Three firefighters were killed and four others were injured Wednesday as raging wildfires advanced on towns in north-central Washington, authorities said.

Central Washington residents rebuilding after wildfires, flood

TWISP – As summer turns to fall in Central Washington, residents are preparing to fight the third “F” disaster of 2014. First fires. Then flood. Now FEMA. The Methow Valley and the apple-centric communities of Pateros and Brewster lost some 353 homes to the firestorms that began in mid-July. The fires weren’t fully under control on Aug. 14 when heavy rains pushed slurries of mud, ash, gravel and rocks down scorched hillsides, breaking irrigation dams, turning creeks into rivers, flattening buildings and washing out roadways.

Evacuations ordered as new fire flares in Methow Valley

WINTHROP, Wash. – Gov. Jay Inslee flew to the Methow Valley to talk with local officials about recovering from last week’s fires that are slowly being contained in Central Washington. Instead, he and other state officials spent part of their visit Friday afternoon talking about efforts to fight a new fire.

During Inslee visit, new wildfire flares near Winthrop

As Gov. Jay Inslee’s small turboprop plane touched down at the Methow Valley airport, a new wind-whipped blaze, started by sparks from the rim of a flattened trailer tire dragged along a road, was torching the hillside above the staging area for the region’s fire-fighting helicopters.