The Sheriff of Okanogan County said Wednesday that while trying to escape a wildfire in north-central Washington, a 1-year-old boy died and his parents were severely burned.
The family was reported missing from Okanogan, Wash. On Tuesday.
Rescuers found the family Wednesday morning on the banks of the Columbia River. Jakob Hyland, 31, and Jamie Hyland, 26, were sent to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment of third-degree burns and were listed in critical condition.
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The severely burned boy died on the spot.
“The family was attempting to leave their property to get away from the Cold Springs Fire,” Sheriff Tony Hawley said in a statement.
According to KHQ-TV in Spokane, the family traveled from the Seattle area to Okanogan to see the property they had inherited and planned to spend the weekend camping in the area.
KHQ reported that Jake would need surgery on his arms as they are his most burned part. “He also has patches of burns on his chest and face but we won’t know until he cleans up. Internally he looks fine, his lungs are bloated. Jamie has more irritation on his body, and We’re waiting for him on the scan. His burns cause mostly burns to his upper body. He already had surgeries in his arms that Jake is doing to help relieve the tension from the burns. They both Still serious at this point, but Jamie is higher than Jake’s body. 30-40% burn as of now, and Jake at 15%. From what they know now. ”
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The Cold Springs Fire, along with the adjacent Pearl Hill Fire, has burned a combined 337,000 acres in several counties in the northeastern part of the state. Cold Springs Fire has zero involvement which was revealed on Monday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.