A helicopter with four passengers crashed Thursday, August 2, which ignited a forest fire that prevented rescue workers from trying to find possible survivors.
Authorities believe that all four passengers have died, but are unable to confirm this because the fire is preventing them from approaching the helicopter and investigating the crash and its cause.
Clayton Myers, the Kittitas County Undersheriff stated that they think the flight came from Boeing Field in Seattle.
The helicopter crashed about three miles south of Easton on the east slope of the Cascades. The fire spanned an estimated 300 acres by Thursday night. No homes were immediately threatened, Myers said.
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