WASHINGTON — Flags around the Washington Monument will remain at half-staff until late Wednesday in honor of three firefighters killed fighting wildfires in Washington.
Mike Litterst, spokesperson for the National Park Service, tells WNEW it is not nationwide. The flags will remain at half-staff until sunset on Wednesday.
Anyone know why flags are at half-staff? pic.twitter.com/VKqKM4BrnB— David Heyman (@dcborn61) August 25, 2015
Litterst says the Secretary of Interior and Secretary of Agrigulture ordered the flags be lowered.
The firefighters — members of a specially trained unit that is sent into danger ahead of everyone else to size up a wildfire — rushed up a narrow, winding gravel road with steep hills on either side. Their vehicle crashed, and before they could escape, flames rolled over them, killing three firefighters inside and injuring four others nearby, one critically, according to CBS News.
All three of the dead were U.S. Forest Service firefighters. The agency identified them as Tom Zbyszewski, 20; Andrew Zajac, 26; and Richard Wheeler, 31. Their hometowns weren’t immediately released.
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