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Howling winds push massive Washington fire

July 19, 2014
Associated Press

WINTHROP, Wash. (AP) — Howling winds are pushing a massive wildfire in north-central Washington in new directions Saturday.

But officials say there are still no reports of injuries and only one more home was destroyed overnight.

Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers says the wildfire that has blackened more than 260 square miles has calmed down near Pateros, where it destroyed about 100 homes Thursday and Friday. He says it is running out of places to burn in that area.

The fire has picked up on its north side closer to Winthrop. But he says the winds have been erratic and are blowing the very active fire in different directions.

Rogers says the active fire is burning in an area that is more sparsely populated, but homes are scattered throughout the woods.

 
 

 

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