OKANOGAN COUNTY, WA – A fast-moving wildfire in Washington State killed three US Forest Service firefighters. They were trying to bring the Twisp Fire under control when their vehicle flipped and was overtaken by the blaze.
"It hurts,” said Chuck Kahler, the South King Fire and Rescue assistant chief. “It tears you apart, but at the same time, we want to do what they would want, and that would be to finish the job."
Four other firefighters were hurt. The fire started Wednesday, and in less than a day it has burned more than 1,500 acres and threatens dozens of homes.
Deanne Barry had not unpacked from last year's Carlton Complex Fire. She has photos and other items, and the hope they'll have a home when they return.
Someone put up a sign outside a house in Twisp. It reads: "Firefighters, this is just a house. Please stay safe."
But staying safe is never easy when fighting a wildfire.
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