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Wildfires Force Evacuations in Central Washington

Posted by feww on July 13, 2015

Lightning-sparked wildfires rage across Washington state

Five wildfires, sparked by lightning on Friday night, have grown together combining into two major blazes, threatening about 300 structures and consuming  about 22,500 acres (91 square km) in Douglas County [pop: 40,000,] central Washington.

One of the two fires in the Douglas County Complex is burning approximately 17 miles northeast of Waterville near Jamieson Lake. The other fire is burning approximately 10 miles southeast of Waterville, reported InciWeb.

About 60 homes and other structure are in immediate threat, and 300 other dewellings have been evacuated, said officials.

“A level 3 evacuation order remains in place for approximately 30 residents on North Palisades Road. All other previous evacuations orders are level 1 including Rock Island Grade which was added this afternoon [July 12.]”

About a dozen major blazes are currently burning in Washington state.

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