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Originally published August 9, 2014 at 5:53 PM | Page modified August 10, 2014 at 12:54 AM

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A dozen wildfires burning in Central, Eastern Washington

A dozen wildfires are actively burning in Central and Eastern Washington, but firefighters are starting to get about half of them under control.


The Associated Press

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ELLENSBURG — A dozen wildfires were actively burning in Central and Eastern Washington on Saturday, but firefighters were starting to get control of about half of them.

Fire officials report more than a thousand homes and structures are still in some danger, however, and the weather report calls for more hot and windy weather.

Smoke from a wildfire that started near Cle Elum, Kittitas County, on Thursday has been visible from Interstate 90. That Central Washington fire has grown to 400 acres, but the nearest homes are at least a mile away.

A lightning-caused fire nearby in the Ellensburg area has burned nearly 14 square miles over the past week and is now 25 percent contained.

More than 100 miles to the northeast, a complex of fires burning on the Colville Reservation had grown to about 20 square miles as of Saturday morning.

Fire officials say about 150 homes are threatened by the Devil’s Elbow complex, which also began in last weekend’s lightning storms. That group of fires is just 2 percent contained.

A fire that has been burning near Leavenworth, Chelan County, since July 15 and has grown to nearly 22 square miles is edging toward containment. So is the state’s largest wildfire in history, the Carlton complex of fires near Twisp, Okanogan County.



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