Dozens of homes threatened in Wenatchee River Complex fire

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by KING 5 News, Associated Press

KREM.com

Posted on September 10, 2012 at 6:29 AM

Updated Monday, Sep 10 at 11:49 AM

NEAR WENATCHEE, Wash.-- As many as 80 fires sparked by lightning over the weekend continue to burn near Wenatchee Monday, with no rain in sight.

The collection of fires has been named the Wenatchee River Complex.

The Byrd Canyon Fire in Chelan County burned at least 5,000 acres.  Experts put a Level 2 evaucation order for homeownerse in the area.    Authorities said 40 homes were immediately threatened.  Meanwhile, another 100 homes were potentially in harm's way.

The Number 1 Canyon wildfire has burned about 500 acres west of Wenatchee.  The Number 1 Canyon wildfire is situated in an area populated by a number of homes. Residents of nearly 180 homes nearby were told to evacuate Sunday.

Washington's Department of Natural Resources has called all resources around the state to respond.

One outbuilding, a shed attached to a ranch, has been destroyed. No injuries have been reported.

Rains that fell in the Seattle area Sunday night didn't make it over the Cascades, and the National Weather Service said the front will bring gusty winds Monday that could fan Eastern Washington wildfires.

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