HUSUM, Wash. - Two wildfires near White Salmon, Washington have now burned 1500 acres and 30 homes have been 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.
An evacuation center is being opened at the White Salmon Fire Hall. The Red Cross is on scene to care for people chased from their homes by the fire.
Calls to Klickitat County 911 around 1:40pm 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.
The largest fire is closer to White Salmon with the smaller fire near the small town of Husum to the north.
Stan Hinatsu, spokesman for the US Forest Service, says the Governor of Washington has issued an emergency order so that firefighting crews can be called from around the state. At least 120 firefighters are on scene with helicopters and planes dropping water from above.
Highway 141 was closed for a time, but Washington State Patrol says one lane will 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 burned and no reports of injuries.
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