Wildfire destroys 60 homes in Washington State

By REUTERS
August 15, 2012 00:11

 
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OLYMPIA - Firefighters in Washington state fought a wildfire on Tuesday that has destroyed 60 homes and burned more than 20,000 acres (8,093 hectares) between two national forests east of the capital, Olympia.

Another 400 homes were evacuated in the rolling hills between Cle Elum and Ellensburg, two towns in northwest Washington at the eastern edge of the Cascade Mountains.

The massive blaze was among more than a dozen wildfires burning across the US West, which is wilting under a heat wave that has sent temperatures into the triple digits. Together, the fires have singed around 230,000 acres (93,000 hectares) across Idaho, Washington and California.

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