1-Year-Old Boy, 5 Others Die In West Coast Wildfires

At least seven deaths are attributed to the ongoing wildfires along the West Coast, authorities have reported.

One of those deaths was reported Wednesday by the Okanogan County Sheriff's Office in Washington. According to Sheriff Tony Hawley, a 1-year-old boy died after his family left their home to avoid the Cold Springs Fire.

According to authorities, the boy and his parents were found at around 10 a.m. local time Wednesday near the Columbia River by a Colville Tribal Department of Resources boat. They were taken to the Three Rivers Hospital shortly after, according to Hawley, the 1-year-old had already died when the search crew arrived.

The boy's parents, Jacob Hyland, 31, and Jamie Hyland, 26, of Renton, Washington, were taken to Seattle's Harborview Medical Center to be treated for third-degree burns suffered in the fires, according to KXLY News in Spokane.

Newsweek reached out to the Okanogan County Sheriff's Office for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

In Marion County, Oregon, the Santiam Fire caused the death of a 12-year-old boy. The remains of an animal were also found.

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Smoke from various wildfires burning across Northern California mixes with the marine layer, blanketing the San Francisco skyline in darkness and an orange glow, seen from Treasure Island on September 9, 2020 in San Francisco, California. Philip Pacheco/Getty

According to Oregonlive.com, Marion County Sheriff Joe Kast confirmed two deaths caused by the wildfires in Oregon but did not confirm the age of the victims. Shortly after, the sheriff's office walked back the confirmation and wrote on Facebook that "We have confirmed searchers from the Sheriff's Office located one victim deceased in a vehicle along with the remains of an animal."

"I can say personally, and on behalf of all our first responders, our hearts go out to the family. The investigation as to the specifics around this loss of life is ongoing," Sheriff Kast said in the Facebook post.

According to KOIN News in Oregon, the boy's cousin confirmed that the boy's grandmother also died in the fire, but this was not confirmed by the sheriff's office.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office did not immediately respond to a comment request.

In Sacramento, California, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea confirmed Wednesday the deaths of three individuals caught in the Bear Fire. According to the Reno Gazette-Journal, Honea said two of the victims were found at the same location. The third was at located at another location. Neither location was released by the sheriff's office, and the names of the victims have not been publicly released.

The Butte County Sheriff's Office did not immediately respond to a comment request.

According to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), there are currently over 90 large fires along the West Coast that have burned more than 3.4 million acres. In California, the largest fire active fire is the SCU Lightening Complex Fire, which has burned over 396,000 acres and is currently 96 percent contained, according to a map from the Los Angeles Times.

In Oregon, Governor Kate Brown recently said that the state is currently battling at least 35 active wildfires and she recently declared a statewide emergency order as the fires grew in Marion, Lane, Jackson, Coos, Lincoln, Washington and Clackamas counties.

Multiple fires have continued to damage areas in Washington, and on Wednesday, the Whitman County Sheriff's Office in the state announced that wildfires had destroyed 80 percent of the homes and businesses in the town of Malden.