Goldendale, Wash. wildfire forces evacuations

Goldendale, Wash. wildfire forces evacuations

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Goldendale, Wash. wildfire forces evacuations

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by Associated Press

KREM.com

Posted on September 7, 2011 at 9:22 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 4 at 6:49 PM

GOLDENDALE, Wash. (AP) -- The Klickitat County sheriff's office says Thursday that a wildfire near Satus Pass forced the evacuation of more homes overnight.

However, dispatcher Lisa George says there are no reports of structures burned or injuries.

On Wednesday, the sheriff's office said 38 homes were in a mandatory evacuation area and residents of another 21 homes were alerted they might have to leave.

The fire about three miles west of Satus Pass burned about 1,100 acres and disrupted traffic on Highway 97 between Goldendale and Toppenish.

A six-mile stretch of highway was closed for more than two hours Wednesday afternoon before traffic flow resumed, initially with pilot cars to lead vehicles through the area.

Residents on Satus Pass are being evacuated. Firefighters from the state and Klickitat County are battling the blaze.

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for high wildfire danger over most of Washington's Cascades and Olympics through Wednesday night because of warm, dry conditions. Helicopters dropped water on a nearly 400-acre fire in a remote part of the Brothers Wilderness Area on the Olympic Peninsula.

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