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June 17, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Yakima County wildfire growing; some residents evacuated

A wildfire is burning on the L.T. Murray Wildlife Area north of Selah, Yakima County. (Gordon King / Yakima Herald-Republic)

A wildfire is burning on the L.T. Murray Wildlife Area north of Selah, Yakima County. (Photos by Gordon King / Yakima Herald-Republic)

Horses are led away from a home on Cabin Lane that was threatened by the fire.

Horses are led away from a home on Cabin Lane that was threatened by the fire.

A wildfire estimated at 6,000 acres and growing is burning in the Wenas Valley north of Selah, Yakima County.

According to a report in the Yakima Herald-Republic, two buildings, a barn and a workshop, and a home have been destroyed.  A Level 3 (mandatory) evacuation order has been issued, according to the state Department of Natural Resources Twitter page.

Selah Deputy Fire Chief Jim Martin said somebody was shooting in the L.T. Murray Wildlife Area causing sparks that ignited dry grass in the area. Lack of rain, warming temperatures and wind are all feeding the fire.

Local fire districts are on the scene and tanker planes are coming in from Oregon, officials say.

Smoke is visible from U.S. Highway 12, Interstate 82 and Interstate 90, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

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