The wildfires burning huge patches of Washington state turned deadly on Wednesday, Aug. 19, and thousands more people were evacuated. Here’s how the day unfolded.
Three U.S. Forest Service firefighters who had been battling a wildfire near Twisp were trapped and killed Aug. 19 when the windswept blaze overtook their vehicle. Meanwhile, 4,000 households in Twisp and Winthrop, along with other threatened areas, were ordered to evacuate.
Below are reflections shared on Twitter by people in the area or officials tracking developments on that tragic day.
My deepest condolences & thoughts are w/ the families of 3 firefighters who lost their lives protecting others battling the Twisp fire. -PM
— Senator Patty Murray (@PattyMurray) August 20, 2015
Animal space available in Leavenworth, 11 acres and corral; contact Brice 509-881-5253. Please call ahead of time. 9:41 8/19
— Okanogan County EM (@okanogandem) August 20, 2015
So sad to hear about the 3 firefighters who died in the twisp fire…scary to think I was fishing right there yesterday
— Aaron Williams (@adubsjewish) August 20, 2015
rip to the three brave firefighters who died fighting the fire up in twisp, I couldn't express enough gratitude. ❤️
— anna therese (@shanaynay7470) August 20, 2015