NEDERLAND, Colo. – The Latest on wildfires burning in the Western U.S. (all times local):
Authorities say a vehicle carrying federal firefighters returning from a patrol for lightning-sparked wildfires crashed, killing two of them and injuring another on a remote northern Nevada highway.
U.S. Bureau of Land Management spokesman Stephen Clutter said Monday that the crash happened around 5 p.m. Sunday on State Route 140 near the Oregon state line while the three were headed back from duty.
Their names and other details of the crash weren't immediately made public.
Clutter says the injured firefighter was flown by helicopter to a hospital in Reno.
A BLM statement mourns the deaths and injury and says the agency's thoughts and prayers are with the firefighters' families.
Two men accused of igniting a Colorado wildfire that has forced the evacuation of 2,000 people talked to a reporter about the blaze before they were arrested.
Authorities say 28-year-old Jimmy Andrew Suggs and 26-year-old Zackary Ryan Kuykendall from Vinemont, Alabama, didn't properly extinguish a campfire, causing flames to flare up and spread in hot, windy weather Saturday. They were arrested Sunday at an evacuation shelter.
The pair and a woman camping with them told the Daily Camera newspaper of Boulder (http://tinyurl.com/j85uft9) that they saw the fire soon after it started. Suggs says they had "never seen anything like it."
The fire has burned about a square mile in the foothills roughly 20 miles west of Boulder and has destroyed three homes. Gusty winds threaten to fan the flames Monday.