Wenatchee Complex fire timber faller dies after becoming ill

Wenatchee Complex fire timber faller dies after becoming ill

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Wenatchee Complex fire timber faller dies after becoming ill

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by SUSAN WYATT / KING 5 News

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Posted on September 18, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 18 at 4:35 PM

A firefighter working the Wenatchee Complex fire died yesterday after becoming ill, incident commanders say.

The man, who was working as a timber faller on the Wenatchee Complex in the Entiat area, became ill on the fire line Monday afternoon. He was treated by incident medical personnel and transported to a nearby hospital. He died Monday evening.

At the request of the family, the man's name is being withheld.

More than 4,000 firefighters are working to contain dozens of wildfires burning across Central Washington. Most of the fires were started by lightning Sept. 8.

Gov. Christine Gregoire visited the rural town of Liberty on Tuesday afternoon to tell residents they should heed evacuation warnings.
  
Residents of about 130 homes have been ordered to evacuate in Kittitas County, though many have declined to leave their homes.

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