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Helicopter crash causes 50-acre wildfire in Orient, Washington
About 100 firefighters are battling a 50-acre wildfire near the town of Orient in northeast Washington that was ignited when a logging helicopter crashed.
A 30-year-old pilot flying a logging helicopter had just lifted off with a load of logs when a loud popping noise was heard and the machine crashed. The helicopter caught fire, sparking a wildfire that spread to 50-acres. As many as 100 firefighters were called in to battle the blaze. The pilot was rescued and is in good condition at a hospital in Colville.