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Emergency crews recover 3 of 4 bodies from helicopter crash

Associated Press - August 4, 2007 2:05 PM ET

EASTON, Wash. (AP) - Investigators have recovered 3 of the four bodies from a helicopter crash near Easton. The fourth body has been left at the site because of its proximity to the wreckage and to allow federal investigaors to have a chance to examine the crash.

The top priority today is keeping the fire started by the crash within its 485-acre perimeter. Fire information officer Pam Novitzsky says the fire is not at all contained, but the weather has been cooperative, with humidity and moderate temperatures.

About 160 people are fighting the fire, with 14 engines and other equipment. The fire is burning on steep timber three miles south of the small town of Easton and about 60 miles east-southeast of Seattle. A call has been sent out for more crews and people who can take down some hazardous trees in the area.

The fire is not threatening any buildings, although an unoccupied cabin sits about a mile away.

A second forest fire that began Thursday afternoon about 7 miles northwest of Cliffdell in the Mt. Baker-Snoquamie National Forest is holding steady at about 50 acres this morning.

Fire information officer Cliff Gulick says the Crow Creek Fire is about 50% contained, although a lot of fuel remained within the fire's perimeter. Forest Service Road 1900 has been closed for the weekend, while about 118 people are working on the Crow Creek Fire fire.

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