Wildfires continue to burn across OR and WA

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by Associated Press and KGW staff

NWCN.com

Posted on July 29, 2013 at 6:32 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 29 at 5:06 PM

GOLDENDALE, Wash. – A 9,000-acre wildfire that more than 1,000 firefighters continued to battle Sunday has grown to 17,000 acres near Goldendale, Wash. as fires continue to burn across the Northwest.

The fire, which is one of many burning across Oregon and Washington, has forced authorities to close Highway 97 between Toppenish and Goldendale for several days.

The fire started around 11 a.m. Wednesday and was burning grasslands, shrubs and timber. The fire was spreading on all flanks and the steep topography made battling the blaze extremely challenging for firefighters.

Some areas near the fire have been upgraded to a level-three mandatory evacuation. The fire is reportedly threatening about 144 structures.

Meanwhile, a 7,500-acre wildfire near Glendale, Ore. in Douglas County has forced some homes to be evacuated.

A brush fire burning south of Wenatchee has grown to more than 3 square miles.

The fire burning at the Colockum Pass area has not burned any more structures since two destroyed on Saturday, but fire officials say about 40 homes and cabins are threatened.

Two minor injuries have been reported to fire fighters on that fire.

Approximately 50 firefighters were fighting an 18-acre fire on the steep rocky terrain on Mount Si in North Bend, Wash.

For more information about wildfires burning in the Northwest visit the Interagency Coordination Center's website.

 

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