Winds fanning wildfires all over the Inland Northwest

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by KREM.com & Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on August 26, 2010 at 3:52 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 26 at 10:39 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Authorities say wind-whipped wildfires have burned two homes in northeast Washington and are threatening dozens more.

In Stevens County north of Spokane, the Slide Creek fire near Arden has burned across some 500 acres, or three-quarters of a square mile, of timber, brush and grass.

Undersheriff Lavonne Webb and Arden Fire Chief Joe Paccerelli report two homes and a number of outbuildings have burned, according to KREM-TV. They say that fire started Thursday when a power line fell on an outbuilding. The fire chief says more than 40 other structures are in the fire's path.

Another northeast Washington wildfire is burning at Fish Hatchery Road about four miles north of Republic in Ferry County. Washington Department of Natural Resources spokesman Albert Kassel says that fire has burned across more than 300 acres and threatens 50 homes.

In southeast Washington, Kassel says a fire east of Dayton has burned across about 300 acres of grassland.

The National Weather Service says winds have been gusting to 40 mph in much of hot, dry Eastern Washington.

For current fire updates, go to:

DNR Washington Fire Updates

Active Washington Wildfires

Road closures due to blowing dust

Grant County Emergency Management is urging motorists to avoid travel due to blowing dust and zero visibility conditions.
 
There are several road closures. They may or may not be manned by personnel. Motorists are urged to honor any unmanned barricade and not enter the hazardous areas.

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