December 18, 2014
A fast-moving wildfire has burned 60 homes and almost 40 square miles of grassland, timber and sagebrush across central Washington state.
The blaze started Monday afternoon and it is not contained. Fire commanders say after three weeks with no rain, the windy, hot weather isn't helping firefighting efforts.
So far, no injuries have been reported but more than 400 people have been evacuated. The fire has crept within six miles of Ellensburg, which is about 75 miles east of Seattle.
The Washington state fire is one of several blazes threating communities in the West. Crews in Northern California are making progress against an aggressive blaze in Lake County. It's grown to more than 9 square miles and has destroyed three buildings, but officials say it's in a remote area and they've lifted evacuation orders for the residents of about 500 homes.
A separate wildfire to the north has burned about 55 square miles and is threatening about 600 homes, prompting evacuation orders for communities in Plumas National Forest.
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