Wildfire forces evacuation of 30 homes near White Salmon, WA


by David Krough


Posted on September 6, 2012 at 7:59 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 6:32 AM

HUSUM, Wash. - Two wildfires near White Salmon, Washington have now burned at least 1500 acres and residents in more than 30 homes were ordered to evacuate. Another 400 homes have been told to be ready to leave as the fire is more than crews on scene can handle.

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An evacuation center was opened at the White Salmon Fire Hall. The Red Cross was on scene to care for people chased from their homes by the fire.

The fires broke out Wednesday and firefighters said they were not able to make any progress overnight. The largest fire is closer to White Salmon with the smaller fire near the small town of Husum to the north.

Calls to Klickitat County 911 around 1:40 p.m. Wednesday alerted crews to four fires burning alongside Highway 141 five miles to the northwest of the SW Washington town of White Salmon. Two of the fires were doused by firefighters, but the other two got into timber and took off.

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Governor Christine Gregoire issued an emergency order so that firefighting crews could be called in from around the state. At least 120 firefighters were already on scene with helicopters and planes dropping water from above.

Highway 141 was closed for a time Wednesday, but Washington State Patrol officers said one lane would be open all night with pilot cars taking traffic through the fire area between mile posts five and seven.

There have been no reports of structures destroyed and no reports of injuries.

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