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Firefighters killed as wildfires rage in US northwest

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Firefighters killed as wildfires rage in US northwest

<p>Three firefighters have been killed in the western United States while battling one of several major wildfires in the region.</p> <p>It’s thought their vehicle was probably <a href="http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/northwest/chelan-fires-grow-but-firefighters-mop-up-contained-areas/">involved in an accident before being overcome by the flames</a>. Another four were injured.</p> <p>The blaze was threatening the town of Twisp in Washington state. The state governor Jay Inslee has <a href="http://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-requests-federal-emergency-declaration-secure-additional-wildfire-resources">called for a federal declaration of emergency</a> which would free up resources to cover firefighting costs.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">My heart breaks over the loss of life in the Twisp fire. We keep all firefighters in our prayers tonight <a href="http://t.co/NilDOy0Xj9">http://t.co/NilDOy0Xj9</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/wawildfire?src=hash">#wawildfire</a></p>— Governor Jay Inslee (@GovInslee) <a href="https://twitter.com/GovInslee/status/634167056221474816">20 Août 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>There have been moves to evacuate about 4,000 homes in Twisp and Winthrop, two towns in Washington’s Cascade mountains.</p> <p>Strong winds are forecast to fan the flames further over the next two days.</p> <p>All industrial forest activities including timbering and road construction are being halted in Washington’s affected areas.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The day the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WaWILDFIRE?src=hash">#WaWILDFIRE</a> turned deadly, as it unfolded in tweets from officials & those nearby: <a href="http://t.co/jfwx8lbMPB">http://t.co/jfwx8lbMPB</a> <a href="http://t.co/wnWAGjFNgL">pic.twitter.com/wnWAGjFNgL</a></p>— The Seattle Times (@seattletimes) <a href="https://twitter.com/seattletimes/status/634268131788238848">20 Août 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Homes have also been destroyed or evacuated in Oregon, Idaho and California.</p> <p>The wildfires have blackened more than a million acres across the arid Western region.</p> <p>Nationally, the total area burned by wildfires in 2015 reached seven million acres this week – the earliest time of the year that has happened in two decades.</p>