Malaga wildfire 90 percent contained near Wenatchee

Malaga wildfire 90 percent contained near Wenatchee

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Malaga wildfire 90 percent contained near Wenatchee

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by Associated Press and KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on May 29, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Updated Thursday, May 29 at 3:32 PM

MALAGA, Wash. -- Fire chief Mark Burnett said the wildfire outside of Wenatchee is 90 percent contained. Crews held the fire perimeter Thursday and were focused on mopping up hot spots throughout the interior.

A helicopter was also doing water drops from the air.

The total acreage of the fire is estimated at 1,300 acres. 37 homes remain under level one evacuation notice.

Utility crews worked through the night to replace damaged power lines and burned poles in a brush fire burning east of Wenatchee.

The fire blackened a four-mile-long stretch of hillside and cut power to Alcoa's Wenatchee Works smelter and hundreds of homes.

The fire was first reported around 4:20 p.m. Wednesday along the Malaga-Alcoa Highway

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

There are no reports of injuries.

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