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July 29, 2013 at 7:01 AM

Monday Memo: Fires growing … Bit by an otter … Sounders, M’s win

Forest fires growing:  The wildfire burning near Goldendale is now nearly 17,000 acres which is about 27 square miles, but that new estimate may be due to better mapping of the blaze. Still, that’s a pretty good size fire. There’s also a wildfire burning near Wenatchee where four homes have been burned and people are being evacuated. Are we in for a nasty fire season this year?

A munching river otter: A couple of girls were bitten by a river otter on the bank of the Kalama River the other day. The teenagers apparently got between the mother and her young’uns, and that set the mother off. The girls are going to be OK and said that when they heal, they are going back in the water. The Daily News has the story.

Sounders win: The club isn’t having a great season, but the local boys beat Chivas USA last night, making the Sounders unbeaten in their past eight games at home. That ties a franchise record.

And speaking of winners, the Mariners beat the Minnesota Twins yesterday 6-4 with rookie Nick Franklin hitting two homers. And, manager Eric Wedge, who suffered a mild stroke a week ago, made an unexpected visit to the ballpark.

A Fall City man camping with friends drowned in Lake Cle Elum early Sunday when his truck rolled into the water, according to the Kittitas Sheriff’s office. Jesse Sebade had been listening to music about 3 a.m. before his pickup went into the water. His friends swam out to find him, but the truck had sunk in 30 feet of water.

Weather: Is it true we haven’t had any measurable rain yet this month? We’re checking it out. Meanwhile, here’s the National Weather Service forecast.

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Nick Provenza: 206-464-2142 or nprovenza@seattletimes.com

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