Three Hurt Fighting South Cle Elum Ridge Fire

A log rolled down a hill and injured two Arizona firefighters fighting the South Cle Elum Ridge Fire early Wednesday afternoon, and a third was hurt in a vehicle collision that day, reports (

The first two, firefighters from the Navajo Hotshots crew, were stabilized and sent to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for lower leg injuries, according to fire management team spokeswoman Anne Jeffery.

Several people have needed medical attention fighting fire in Kittitas County in the past two weeks. Most were dealing with illness or dehydration, fire managers have reported previously.

Two hurt Wednesday have already been treated and released and are back at work, according to the fire’s management team. The other is well, but is still being evaluated.

Firefighters worked yesterday to secure the northern edge of the South Cle Elum Ridge Fire along National Forest road 4510, eliminating hot spots within 75 feet of the fire’s edge, fire managers said. The blaze, a bit more than a square mile in size, and was 24 percent contained as of this morning.

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