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Report examines events in fatal Washington state wildfire

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The 24-page report by state and federal officials released Friday looking into the Aug. 19 deaths says the engine crew faced zero visibility before the crash near Twisp. The 24-page report by state and federal officials released Friday looking into the Aug. 19 deaths says the engine crew faced zero visibility before the crash near Twisp.
SEATTLE -

An initial report looking into the deaths of three firefighters told to abandon home protection and retreat to safety from a rapidly expanding wildfire in Washington state says their fire engine crashed on a winding dirt road on the way out and was engulfed in flames.
    
The 24-page report by state and federal officials released Friday looking into the Aug. 19 deaths says the engine crew faced zero visibility before the crash near Twisp.
    
Twenty-year-old Tom Zbyszewski, 26-year-old Andrew Zajac, and 31-year-old Richard Wheeler died. Twenty-five-year-old Daniel Lyon survived but sustained severe burns after exiting the vehicle and going through flames.
    
The Seattle Times reports the document doesn't assign blame or draw firm conclusions.
    
The report is part of a larger analysis by firefighting officials reviewing potential changes to methods and strategies.
    
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