Better Weather Helps Firefighters Battling Massive Blaze

SPOKANE, Wash. (July 21, 2014) Calmer winds and cooler temperatures were allowing firefighters to go on the offensive Monday against a giant wildfire burning in Washington State.

The Carlton Complex of fires in north-central Washington had grown to 379 square miles on Monday, but spokesman Andrew Sanbri said there is optimism that fire crews can start containing the flames in the scenic Methow Valley.

Meanwhile, Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers says a man has died of what evidently was as heart attack while protecting his home from the flames.

Rob Koczewski, 67, was stricken while he and his wife were hauling water and digging fire lines on Saturday, Rogers said.

Rogers says Koczewski was a retired Washington State Patrol trooper and U.S. Marine.

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