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Firefighters killed and injured near Twisp identified

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Flags are at half-staff to honor the three firefighters killed near Twisp on Wednesday Flags are at half-staff to honor the three firefighters killed near Twisp on Wednesday
Andrew Zajac (Left), Tom Zbyszewski (Right) and Richard Wheeler (Bottom) died while fighting a fire near Twisp on Wednesday Andrew Zajac (Left), Tom Zbyszewski (Right) and Richard Wheeler (Bottom) died while fighting a fire near Twisp on Wednesday
Daniel Lyon was critically injured in the same fire that killed three firefighters near Twisp on Wednesday Daniel Lyon was critically injured in the same fire that killed three firefighters near Twisp on Wednesday
TWISP, Wash. -

The United States Forest Service has identified the three fallen firefighters who died battling wildfire near Twisp on Wednesday. 

20-year-old Tom Zbyszewski, 26-year-old Andrew Zajac, and 31-year-old Richard Wheeler died after flames overtook their vehicle in the Woods Canyon area Wednesday. Four more firefighters were injured and one of them remains in critical condition in Harborview. That firefighters has been identified as 25-year-old Daniel Lyon. 

Three firefighters killed in wildfire near Twisp; One firefighter remains in critical condition

“We are mourning the loss of Tom, Andrew, and Richard and are in connection with and closely monitoring the recovery process of Daniel,” said Mike Williams, Forest Supervisor on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.  “This was a tragic incident, and our hearts go out to their families, friends, and colleagues.”

Family members told Q13 in Seattle that Zbyszewski was working as a firefighter to pay for tuition at Whitman College. 

This is a developing story and we will update it as soon as we learn more. 

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