A 12-year-old boy was found dead with his dog on Wednesday, after wild animals swept through cities near Leon, Oregon.
The boy Wyatt Tofte reportedly fled his house as flames. His body was found next to his dog’s body as a fire burned through the area.
Wyatt’s grandmother, Peggy Moso, also died in a fire Wednesday.
The boy’s mother, Angela Moso, is in an intensive care unit after a severe burn.
Wyatt’s father, Christopher Tofte, confirmed the deaths from NBC affiliate KKGW. Wyatt’s uncle and Peggy’s son, Lonnie Bertalotto, also confirmed the deaths in a post on Facebook late Wednesday.
“Don’t take anything for life and make the best everyday,” Bertalotto wrote.
Wyatt was the great-grandson of Roger Tofte, creator of the Oregon fantasy theme park The Enchanted Forest, where three generations of the Toff family worked before the fire, according to its website.
In a post on Facebook, Enchanted Forest confirmed the deaths and wrote that Wyatt was “loved and liked by all his family and friends” and said that Peggy was “a loving and important member of our extended family . “
Park’s post stated, “We ask for privacy and love right now.”
“I can say personally, and on behalf of all our first responders, our hearts go out to the family,” Marion County Sheriff Joe Cast told NBC News affiliate KKGW.
According to the US Incident Information System, an intermittent information portal, the Santium Fire that killed Tofte and Moso, began in the Opal Creek wilderness on August 16, about six miles north of Detroit, Oregon.
It was developed by the Beach Creek Fire and “a series of large-scale small fires caused by power lines and other ignition sources throughout the region.” The Lionshead east of Lake Detroit has since merged into fire.
The fire broke out late Sunday after lightning struck the land of the Federated Tribes of the Warming Springs Reservation.
Katy O’Hara, a spokeswoman for the Pacific Northwest Incident Management Team 3, Lionshead fire fighting inter-federal team, said Wednesday that very low visibility had triggered the fire response.
O’Hara wrote on Thursday, “Kruz continued to work aggressively to warm the eastern side of the Cascades at the Hot Springs Reservation.
Oregon government spokesman Kate Brown did not immediately respond to NBC News’ request for comment.