Nov 20, 2015

Blinded by smoke, firefighters drove off road to their deaths, report says

Twisp, WA
USA
by
Lewis Kamb and Hal Bernton
,
Seattle Times
Daniel Lyon, Jr., the firefighter who survived the deadly Twisp blaze, speaks during a news conference at Harborview Medical Center on Wednesday in Seattle. At right is his father, Daniel Sr. (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)
Daniel Lyon, Jr., the firefighter who survived the deadly Twisp blaze, speaks during a news conference at Harborview Medical Center on Wednesday in Seattle. At right is his father, Daniel Sr. (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

A new report offers the most detailed account to date about the circumstances surrounding the deadly Twisp wildfire that killed three firefighters and critically burned another...The report — authored by a team of employees from the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the National Park Service — offers a narrative of the fire’s circumstances as part of a larger, ongoing review that seeks to assess the tragedy for safety improvements.