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.

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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.