UPDATE: SEPT. 10 AT 7:15 A.M.
Jake and Jamie Hyland remain in critical condition in intensive care at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
KHQ spoke with the family of Jake and Jamie Hyland, who were trapped by the Cold Springs Fire sometime on Monday while visiting property they’d just inherited in Okanogan.
According to the Hyland’s loved ones, the married couple, and their 2-year-old son, were planning to spend the weekend camping.
The Cold Spring Fire broke out on Monday, and driven by high winds it exploded in size. Loved ones tell us that the Hylands suddenly went radio silent. Family members began frantically calling emergency services in the area, but the phone lines and internet were down everywhere.
The Facebook Group “Okanogan Highlands Fire Watch” helped publicize the family’s disappearance and the Sheriff’s office began searching for them with a volunteer team. According to loved ones, the Hyland’s truck was found on Tuesday, burned out near the Columbia River in Okanogan County, but the family was not in it. On Wednesday, the family was found on the banks of the Columbia River.
Loved ones tell us Jake and Jamie Hyland were alive but had serious burns across at least 50% of their bodies. Their child did not survive, according to family members of the Hylands.
Wednesday afternoon, the University of Washington Medicine released a statement about their treatment.
"Harborview Medical Center, the only Level I trauma and burn center for the region, received two patients today, Sept. 9, from the Cold Springs Fire in Okanogan County. The male and female are both critical and suffering from burns. They were transported by Airlift Northwest and the male arrived to Harborview’s Emergency Department at approximately 1:30 p.m. followed by the female at approximately 2:15 p.m. They are being assessed, evaluated and cared for by trauma and burn specialists."
The Washington Commissioner of Public Lands, Hilary Franz also releasing a statement Wednesday afternoon.
"I came out to Malden to see first-hand the devastation of the wildfires that erupted across Washington state over Labor Day weekend. Many homes and buildings were lost throughout the state, but the relief I felt in this tragedy is that we hadn’t lost any lives. That tragically and horrifically changed today.
“My heart breaks for the family of the child who perished in the Cold Springs fire. I am devastated. The DNR family is devastated. The pain that family is going through is unfathomable.
“During every fire season, I wake up each day praying we will not lose a single life — civilian or firefighter. To be honest, it’s horrible that we must base so much on prayer.
“My team at DNR and the firefighting community all across Washington will continue working as hard as we can to protect lives and communities. But I need every single resident of Washington to care about this. Not just today, but tomorrow, and every day until we have the resources to protect our communities and protect our firefighters.”