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Massive fire burns homes in Washington


Fire similar to the one pictured, helped burn 20 homes.
Fire similar to the one pictured, helped burn 20 homes.

Jill Colton, staff writer

February 13, 2011 — Fire fanned by strong winds destroyed 18 homes in Washington Sunday.

No injuries were reported.
No injuries were reported.

Dozens of firefighters continued to battle a fire fueled by strong winds on Washington's Yakama Indian Reservation Sunday.

Officials said the fire started in one home Saturday afternoon but, fanned by wind gusts up to 64 km/h, quickly spread to engulf 17 others in the unincorporated town of White Swan in southcentral Washington state.

The fire also spread to trees and power lines, knocking out electricity.

Firefighters battled the blaze through the night and had most of the wildfires under control by Sunday morning.

However, thousands of logs on log decks at a nearby mill continued to burn Sunday afternoon.

No residents were hurt in the fire, but two firefighters were treated for minor injuries.

Some residents have been sheltering at the town's ceremonial long house and the local high school. Officials said they would likely be allowed to return home later on Sunday.

Rural roads were closed to traffic due to the fire danger.

With files from the Associated Press.

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