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A young boy and his dog died in the Oregon forest fires



A 12-year-old boy was found dead with his dog on Wednesday after forest fires swept through towns near Lyons, Oregon.

The boy, Wyatte Tofte, was reportedly running away from home as the flames approached. His body was found next to his dog’s body after the fire burned through the area.

Wyatte’s grandmother, Peggy Mosso, also died in the fire on Wednesday.

The boy’s mother, Angela Mosso, is in intensive care after being severely burned.

Wyatte’s father Christopher Tofte confirmed the death of NBC subsidiary KKGW. Lonnie Bertalotto, Wyatte̵

7;s uncle and Peggy’s son, also confirmed the death in a post on Facebook late Wednesday.

“Don’t take anything in life for granted and make the most of everyday life,” wrote Bertalotto.

Wyatt Tofte, Jan.Courtesy of the Tofte family

Wyatte was the great-grandson of Roger Tofte, creator of Oregon’s The Enchanted Forest fantasy theme park, which, according to his website, was home to three generations of the Tofte family before the fire.

In a post on Facebook, the Enchanted Forest confirmed the death and wrote that Wyatte was “loved and adored by all his family and friends” and that Peggy was “a beloved and important member of our extended family”.

“We are now asking for privacy and love,” said the park’s post.

“I can say personally, and on behalf of all of our first responders, our hearts go out to the family,” Marion County sheriff Joe Kast told NBC News subsidiary KKGW, saying their investigation into the deaths was “ongoing.”

According to the US Incident Information System, an inter-agency information portal, the Santiam Fire that killed Tofte and Mosso started about six miles north of Detroit, Oregon, in the Opal Creek Wilderness on August 16.

Its growth was fueled by the Beachie Creek Fire and “a series of small fires, largely caused by failed power lines and other ignition sources throughout the area.” It has since passed into the Lionshead Fire east of Detroit Lake.

The Lionshead Fire began late Sunday after lightning struck the Warm Springs Confederate Reservation Land.

Katy O’Hara, a spokeswoman for Pacific Northwest Incident Management Team 3, the federal interacting team fighting the Lionshead fire, said the extremely poor visibility hampered the fire response on Wednesday.

“The crews continued to work aggressively to reinforce the fire lines on the east side of the Cascades in the Warm Springs Reservation in preparation for the predicted westerly wind shift that is forecast for later that afternoon,” wrote O’Hara Thursday.

An Oregon Governor spokeswoman Kate Brown did not immediately respond to a request from NBC News for comment.




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