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Log rolls down steep hill, injures 2 firefighters in central Washington

KITTITAS COUNTY — Two firefighters from Arizona were injured Wednesday at the South Cle Elum Ridge fire.

Officials said a large log came down a steep hill and hit the two firefighters. They both suffered injuries to their lower legs.

They were taken to Harborview Medical Center in stable condition. No further information was released.

The South Cle Elum Ridge fire is 894 acres and 15% contained. It is burning a heavily forested area with steep slopes, trees, and debris and rocks that can break loose and roll downhill.

Rain and cooler temperatures allowed crews to work directly on the fire’s edge.

The fire started August 7th. Investigators believe lightning likely sparked this fire.

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