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Helicopter Crashes in NE Wash.; Pilot Survives; Fire Starts

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A fire engine is seen at Twin Falls Fire Department Station No. 1 on Tuesday. (ASHLEY SMITH/Times-News)

ORIENT, Wash. (AP) | 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.

The Forest Service says the 30-year-old pilot was rescued after Thursday evening's crash and is in good condition in a Colville hospital.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer says the helicopter was a UH-1.

Witnesses report the helicopter had just lifted off with a load of logs when there was a loud popping noise and it crashed.

Orient is about 90 miles north of Spokane.

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