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Wash. Wildfire Prompts Evacuation

July 30, 2004

CHELAN, Wash. (AP) _ A fast-growing blaze in central Washington charred 10,000 acres in little more than 24 hours, prompting officials to evacuate 100 homes near Lake Chelan.

No injuries were reported and no structures had been lost in the fire, other than a dock and a campground picnic shelter, Mike Ferris, a U.S. Forest Service spokesman, said Friday.

Firefighters were being mobilized to protect the homes in the Fields Point community, about 25 miles northwest of Chelan. A campground on the lake also was shut down.

The lightning-sparked fire, which began Monday, burned only 145 acres as of Thursday before raging across grassy hillsides, brush and trees. The blaze is part of a complex of four fires, including one that has burned 15,500 acres, fire officials said.

About 625 firefighters were battling the fires which already cost about $13 million.

Meanwhile, in Oregon, high winds fanned a wildfire burning near the Warm Springs Indian Reservation to 10,500 acres. The blaze was 35 percent contained, and no homes were threatened, officials said.

Also, in Nevada, a wildfire started by a truck crash in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, was 70 percent contained Friday.

The fire blackened 290 acres on steep mountain slopes about 35 miles northwest of Las Vegas. Crews expected to complete fire lines around the blaze, reopen roads and let residents back in late Friday, said Jerry Rohnert, spokesman for a Boise, Idaho-based interagency wildfire management team.

No structures burned, but five firefighters suffered minor injuries and 15 homes were evacuated, along with a Girl Scout camp and a youth correctional facility. Many residents in the 350-home Kyle Canyon community left voluntarily.


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