Wildfire Smoke Drifts Across 1,000 Miles of the West

Strong winds blew through Washington State yesterday (Aug. 19), whipping up wildfires and causing them to run into new territory.

Tragically, it appears that those winds caused flames to overtake a U.S. Forest Service vehicle carrying personnel who were battling a blaze in the foothills of the Cascades in north-central Washington. The resulting accident killed three of the firefighters.

“It was a hell storm up here,”Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers told Spokane news station KXLY-TV

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