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July 16, 2012 at 10:08 AM

State attacks central Washington wildfires

The Associated Press

MANSFIELD, Douglas County — A half dozen people have been evacuated from three homes threatened by a grass and brush fire burning three miles south of here, according to Deputy State Fire Marshal Bill Slosson.

The fire broke out Sunday and has burned about 2,000 acres, including some wheat.

It’s one of two fires burning in Douglas County. Slosson says about a dozen firefighters have been dispatched today and a management team of about 20 people is setting up a command post at Mansfield High School.

The other fire, which also started yesterday, is about 15 miles northwest of Mansfield and has burned about 75 acres. It threatens 25 homes, but none has been evacuated.

Slosson says a little rain overnight may have helped the situation.

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