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July 17, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Methow Valley homes destroyed, others threatened as fires grow around state

Update |  6:05 p.m.: A total of four wildfires in the Methow Valley have claimed at least two primary homes, a fire spokesman said. Since lightning ignited a fire near Stokes Road in Carlton on Sunday night, the Carlton Complex fire has spread to 18,000 acres and includes the Cougar Flat fire, the Golden Hike fire and the…

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July 15, 2014 at 9:14 AM

Controlled burns to fight Chelan County blaze

The Associated Press ENTIAT, Chelan County — Firefighters in central Washington are getting ready to do some controlled burns to push back the southern end of a fire near Entiat. The fire burning across 35 square miles is about 34 percent contained. But fire spokesman Daniel O’Connor says they’re having some problems with flaming debris rolling down…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Chelan County, Entiat, Mills Canyon fire

July 14, 2014 at 11:30 AM

6,000 lightning bolts start many small Oregon fires

The Associated Press PORTLAND  — Lightning struck Oregon more than 6,000 times Sunday and Monday, touching off small fires by the dozens. Such a barrage can be expected to cause numerous “sleeper” or holdover fires in coming days. Northwest fire spokeswoman Robin DeMario says lightning spread from Oregon’s coast between Tillamook and Newport into a fan shape that…

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July 14, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Mills Canyon fire grows; more storms expected

The Associated Press ENTIAT, Chelan County — A wildfire burning in central Washington has grown to 35 square miles, fire officials said Monday. Crews have strengthened containment lines around the fire near Entiat, but officials worried about the potential for dry lightning and wind to kick up the blaze. Fire officials said Monday morning the blaze was 25 percent contained. “We…

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July 13, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Weather a concern in battling Central Wash. wildfires

The next 24 hours could prove crucial for containment of the Mills Canyon fire in Central Washington, which has already burned nearly 22,000 acres. More than 750 firefighters from across the region made solid progress keeping the blaze from populated areas on Saturday, according to U.S. Forest Service Fire Information Service Spokesman Daniel O’Connor. Using hotshot crews,…

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July 11, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Hundreds battle Central Washington wildfire

The Associated Press ENTIAT, Chelan County — Several hundred firefighters worked Friday to contain a fire that has burned grass and brush across nearly 30 square miles in Central Washington. The blaze threatened more than 200 homes and damaged a few outbuildings in Chelan County near Entiat, roughly midway between Seattle and Spokane. Residents of about 40 homes have been…

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July 9, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Wildfires spread near Spokane and in Chelan County

Update| 11:28 p.m.: The Associated Press ENTIAT, Chelan County — A new wildfire near Spokane quickly burned across 550 to 600 acres today, prompting evacuation orders for about a dozen homes. In Central Washington, a wildfire burned close to a major highway and threatened several more homes. In northeast Washington, fire spokesman Guy Gifford said this evening that…

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July 9, 2014 at 5:53 AM

Wildfire update: Residents of 2 dozen homes told they can return

CHELAN (AP) —A wildfire about 4 miles west of Entiat in Chelan County threatened about 200 homes as hot, dry weather raised the risk of more wildfires across central Washington. A house fire Tuesday started the wildfire in the Mills Canyon area which quickly spread to about 8 square miles. By Wednesday morning, evacuation advisories had…

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July 6, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Wenatchee wildfire threatens 8 homes

WENATCHEE (AP) — A brush fire on a hillside in Central Washington is threatening eight homes, with another 25 on notice that they may need to evacuate. Fire spokesman Rich Magneson of the Chelan County sheriff’s emergency-management team said residents of those eight homes in Wenatchee were strongly encouraged to leave, but not all obeyed the…

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