Fire in Wenatchee, Washington, Burns Homes, Businesses; Evacuations Ordered

Fueled by hot, dry and windy conditions, a grass fire forced dozens of evacuations and threatened homes and businesses in Washington, Sunday night. (@edwin.medina5/Instagram)

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MAJOR WILDFIRE EXPANDS IN EASTERN WASHINGTON

The Colockum Tarps fire n eastern Washington seen as smoke rising above residential area. Photo by DNR.

July 29, 2013

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(WENATCHEE, WA) — The Colockum fire in eastern Washington is growing faster than expected due to high wind and tinder dry fuel for it to consume, according to a report by the Wenatchee World.

The report quotes fire spokesman Rick Isaacson as saying this is a very dangerous and large fire and that it could reach the Crescent Bar by Sunday (last) night.

Although the fire is estimated at 10,000 acres, mainly because smoke prevented an aerial survey of acreage, fire officials say it is likely much larger according to the report Here which notes that no additional homes burned Sunday, although four occupied and one unoccupied home burned Saturday, along with countless outbuildings.

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