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August 22, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Auvil Fire grows to 1,000 acres

ORONDO — Thursday afternoon lightning sparked a fire that quickly grew to 1,000 acres overnight near Daroga State Park, north of Wenatchee. The Auvil Canyon Fire was burning in grasses and scattered timber on private property, and was moving toward the bluff and away from homes Friday morning, said Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal. Precautionary evacuation advisories…


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August 9, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Crews struggle with wind, heat in fire near Ellensburg

Fire crews are still struggling to contain an 8,840-acre blaze about 12 miles north of Ellensburg in Central Washington, called the Snag Canyon Fire. High winds and rising temperatures made for difficult conditions Friday, as crews worked to strengthen the line around the western and southern edges. A specialized crew used explosives to build a break in…


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August 8, 2014 at 7:57 AM

Wildfire threatens homes in Columbia Gorge

The Associated Press THE DALLES, Ore. — Authorities say the wildfire burning in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge about 75 miles east of Portland has destroyed a home, damaged two others and is threatening 740 more. Residents of more than 140 homes have been told to evacuate and nearly 600 households have been put on alert in the…


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August 7, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Evacuated after Oregon fire, some residents return

The Associated Press GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Some residents of the 275 homes evacuated in the path of a wind-drive wildfire in Oregon’s Columbia Gorge have been allowed to return. Fire spokeswoman Tina O’Donnell said Thursday that the danger to the community of Rowena overlooking the Columbia River about 75 miles east of Portland had eased and…


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August 6, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Columbia Gorge fire: 70 households told to flee

The Associated Press PORTLAND — Firefighters have told residents of 70 homes in the Columbia Gorge community of Rowena to evacuate. An additional 100 homes  are on notice to be ready to go. A wildfire began in brush overnight and has spread to timber and scrub oak in weather conditions that have fire bosses worried. Fire officials say…


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August 4, 2014 at 7:26 AM

Wildfire threatens more homes near Ellensburg

The Associated Press ELLENSBURG, Wash. — Firefighters worked overnight into Monday morning trying to contain a spreading wildfire that has burned about a dozen residences and threatens 180 more about 10 miles north of Ellensburg, on the east side of the Cascades about 100 miles east of Seattle. A spokesman for fire managers, Nick Cronquist, says…


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August 2, 2014 at 11:29 AM

At least 6 homes lost in wildfire between Twisp and Winthrop

Update 3:30 p.m.: Lightning strikes started four new fires near the Carlton complex fire this afternoon as a storm blew through with winds of more than of 40 mph. The incident command center at Liberty Bell High School was also evacuated when a electrical fire started in the building during the lightning storm. Anne Jeffery, fire information officer, said…


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August 1, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Wildfire evacuations ordered in Okanogan County

A wildfire between Twisp and Winthrop has prompted  evacuations in Okanogan County. Highway 20 is closed west of Twisp and east of Winthrop, the Washington State Department of Transportation reported this afternoon. Traffic is being rerouted via Old Twisp Highway. The fire is 200 to 300 acres, according to the state Department of Natural Resources. The fire…


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July 30, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Officials: No more donations of items for wildfire victims

The Associated Press TWISP, Okanogan County — Officials in north-central Washington are thankful for the donations that poured into the area after the largest wildfire in the state’s history destroyed hundreds of homes and burned hundreds of square miles. But now they’re pleading the public to stop the donations. Community Foundation of North Central Washington director of donor…


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