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3 firefighters die in wildfire after vehicle crashes

3 firefighters die in wildfire after vehicle crashes

TWISP, Wash. (AP) — Three U.S. Forest Service firefighters died after their vehicle crashed and was likely caught by flames as they battled a blaze Wednesday in Washington state, authorities said. Four other firefighters were injured.

The casualties came as firefighters on several fronts fought against raging wildfires advancing on towns in the north-central part of the state.

The accident occurred near the town of Twisp, the National Forest Service said, relaying information from Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers.

"The firefighters were engaged in initial attack operations and were involved in a vehicle accident when it is believed that the fire overtook the vehicle," Rogers reported, according to the statement from Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

It wasn't immediately clear if the four injured were also involved in the accident.

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