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October 5, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Wildfire burning near Shelton cools off, slows

The Associated Press

SHELTON – Temperatures in the 30s overnight slowed a fast-moving wildfire near Shelton, allowing fire crews to make progress against the blaze, said Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Sarah Foster on Friday.

The fire remained at 150 acres Friday morning and 100 firefighters who worked through the night had it nearly one-third contained, Foster said.

Residents of about a dozen homes who evacuated were allowed to return.

The fire threatened about 100 structures after it took off Thursday afternoon in gusty winds. Calmer weather was forecast Friday in the Shelton area.

Meanwhile, a wildfire burning on the Colville Indian Reservation near Omak had grown to 15 square miles and was 15 percent contained Friday.

Omak fire team spokeswoman Janet Pearce said 450 firefighters are battling the blaze, and officials are keeping a wary eye on gusty winds expected later in the day.

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