The Herald of Everett, Washington
HeraldNet on Facebook HeraldNet on Twitter HeraldNet RSS feeds HeraldNet Pinterest HeraldNet Google Plus HeraldNet Youtube
HeraldNet Newsletters  Newsletters: Sign up | Manage  Green editions icon Green editions

Calendar


HeraldNet Headlines
HeraldNet Newsletter Delivered to your inbox each week.
Published: Tuesday, August 27, 2013, 11:44 a.m.

Falling tree kills camper near Idaho-Wash. border

NEWPORT -- An Idaho man was killed when a tree fell on his tent at the Stagger Inn Campground in Eastern Washington, the Pend Oreille County sheriff's office said.
Kyle L. Garrett, 48, of Sandpoint, was found dead at the campsite Sunday night after the 200-foot tree fell during a wind storm, the sheriff's office said in a prepared statement. A 52-year-old woman was also struck by the tree and was being treated for injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening.
Jason Kirchner, with the U.S. Forest Service, said the storm caused numerous trees to weaken and fall in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest. Forest Service workers were assessing the developed campsites in the region to see if any need to be closed while hazardous trees are removed, Kirchner said.
The Forest Service will use an incident management team, like those used to respond to wildfires and other emergencies, to assess the campgrounds before the Labor Day holiday weekend.
"We are deeply saddened by the tragic accident at our campground and are making every effort to ensure that last night's storm damage has not left hazard trees in our developed recreation sites," Idaho Panhandle National Forest Supervisor Mary Farnsworth said in a prepared statement.
Forest Service officials say visitors should be wary of trees that have damage to roots, branches or trunk; that appear to be infested with insects; or that are leaning or dead.

Share your comments: Log in using your HeraldNet account or your Facebook, Twitter or Disqus profile. Comments that violate the rules are subject to removal. Please see our terms of use. Please note that you must verify your email address for your comments to appear.

You are logged in using your HeraldNet ID. Click here to update your profile. | Log out.

Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.

comments powered by Disqus

HeraldNet highlights

Making noise in Everett
Making noise in Everett: Duo has big dreams for the city's music scene
Looking for a friend?
Looking for a friend?: Animals up for adoption at the Everett shelter (10 new photos)
First stop for tourists
First stop for tourists: County tourism volunteers inform, point the way
Remembering Jerry
Remembering Jerry: EvCC groundskeeper Gerald Olmstead was always happy
SnoCoSocial