Crews in northeast Washington fight fire started after helicopter crash


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ORIENT, Washington — A wildfire that started after a logging helicopter crashed in northeast Washington has held at about 70 acres.

Forest Service spokesman Franklin Pemberton says the Hungry Hill Fire in Colville National Forest was 10 percent contained by Saturday afternoon. No injuries have been reported.

Hot dry weather coupled with steep terrain has slowed efforts to put the fire out.

It started Thursday when a helicopter pilot crashed just after lifting off with a load of logs. Pemberton says she was taken to the hospital to be checked out but was in good condition.

Pemberton says the crash happened at a site where trees have been cut and are laying on the ground. As they burn, they sometimes begin to roll, which hampers the firefighting efforts.

Orient is about 90 miles north of Spokane.

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