US 97A reopens; 42 homes evacuated due to Mills Canyon Fire

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by KING 5 News and Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 6:21 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 11 at 10:16 PM

ENTIAT, Wash. - Fire officials said more than 700 people were working Friday to contain a fire that has burned grass and brush across nearly 30 square miles in central Washington.

Almost 300 homes were added to the evacuation list as a precaution, bringing the total to 428. Of those, 42 residences have been told to evacuate because of immediate danger.
   
A few outbuildings have been damaged by the Chelan County wildfire near Entiat, roughly midway between Seattle and Spokane.
   
A stretch of US 97A reopened around 7:30 p.m. on Friday.
   
Weekend forecasts call for a prolonged heat wave with temperature forecasts in the triple digits in the area, prompting concerns the fire could grow. In addition, projected lightning strikes could spark more fires.
   
Meanwhile, a wildfire burning less than 2 square miles near Spokane stopped growing overnight, spokesman Chuck Turley said.
   
Turley said firefighters working the blaze near Ford in Stevens County hope it doesn't flare up in the hot, dry conditions forecast for the weekend.
   
"As heat hit this area some of the areas will have a tendency to rekindle," Turley said.
   
He said the Lake Spokane campground has been closed to the public.
   
The causes for both fires are under investigation.

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