Wash. firefighter suffers burns to at least 50% of his body

Asst. Chief Christian Johnson of Okanogan County Fire District 3 was placed in a medically induced coma to stabilize him before skin graft surgery


By Reilly Kneedler
The Wenatchee World, Wash.

OKANOGAN, Wash. — An Okanogan County firefighter suffered second- and third-degree burns to 50-60% of his body during a brush fire on Sunday. 

The firefighter was identified on Monday as Asst. Chief Christian Johnson of Okanogan County Fire District 3, according to an Okanogan County Emergency Management press release.

He’s currently in a medically induced coma at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, according to the release. He’s being stabilized now before skin graft surgery is performed. 

His airway was scored a two out of four for damage, with four being the worst, according to the release. 

An account is being set up at a local Okanogan County bank and details on how to donate will be available soon, according to the release. 

He was injured in the Spring Coulee Fire, which started around 4 p.m. Sunday near B&O Road N between Fletcher Loop Road and Spring Coulee Road, according to the release. 

 
SPRING COULEE FIRE

SPRING COULEE FIRE: The Spring Coulee Fire started approximately at 4:00 pm, Sunday, September 1, 2019 just off B & O Road North between Fletcher Loop Road and Spring Coulee Road. The fire quickly spread to the north, staying between Fletcher Loop Road and Spring Coulee Road. Fire District #3 Omak, Okanogan and Malott, along with Fire District #7 Riverside, and Fire District #9 Conconully Rural were dispatched to the fire. DNR dispatched four Fire Boss aircraft, two from Omak and two from Deer Park, along with a helicopter from Omak. DNR also had six fire engines and a 20-person crew fighting the fire. At approximately 5:30 pm, after burning nearly 142 acres, the Spring Coulee Fire was contained and in mop-up stage. The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Department of Natural Resources. After all aircraft were clear of the fire, OCEM coordinated with the DNR Incident Commander and was cleared to obtain video. 2019-09-01 11:15 PM

Posted by Okanogan County Emergency Management on Sunday, September 1, 2019

 

 

Okanogan Firefighter Injured in Spring Coulee Fire: Okanogan, Wash. – On September 1, 2019, Assistant Chief Christian...

Posted by Okanogan County Emergency Management on Monday, September 2, 2019

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