Firefighter killed as wildfires rage across West

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Updated: 8/13/2012 2:39 pm

CLEARLAKE OAKS, Calif. (AP) — A firefighter was killed in Idaho and another firefighter in Oregon had to deploy her emergency fire shelter as wildfires continue to rage across the West.

The U.S. Forest Service says firefighter Anne Veseth was killed Sunday when she was struck by a falling tree while working on a fire near Orofino in northern Idaho.

The firefighter in southeastern Oregon forced to crawl into her emergency shelter was treated Sunday evening for minor burns.

Meanwhile, crews in Northern California were making progress against a wildfire that has grown to more than 4 1/2 square miles and forced the evacuation of nearly 500 homes. State fire officials say the Wye Fire in Lake County was 25 percent contained.

A second, smaller fire nearby in Lake County is now 30 percent contained.


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