Washington state wildfires prompt evacuations, destroy three homes

 Thursday, September 13, 2012

 Reuters

Fast-growing wildfires destroyed three homes in Washington state on Wednesday and threatened 350 more buildings as firefighters worked to keep the flames at bay and hundreds of residents prepared to evacuate. The fires raging in Washington have charred 130,000 acres and the weather could make things worse, officials said. The fires were among a cluster of blazes raging in the U.S. West. "Conditions look horrible," said Paul Perz, the state’s assistant fire marshal. "We’re anticipating that unstable conditions and winds in eastern Washington will fuel the fires."
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