Olympic National Park: Signal fire saved hiker’s life

  • Thursday, September 26, 2002 12:01am
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By Laura Walker

FORKS — Ho Ching Chen didn’t want to start a campfire: She was afraid of starting a forest fire.

But the 27-year-old Taiwanese exchange student finally decided it was the only way she would be found.

She was right.

Olympic National Park rangers found the injured woman late Tuesday in a remote wilderness area of Olympic National Park, four days after she was supposed to have concluded her backcountry trek.

Chen was airlifted to Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles on Wednesday, where she was treated for a broken arm and other injuries before being released.

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