OMAK, Wash. (AP) -- Lingering smoke and the proximity of a wildfire that has burned two homes and eight other structures have prompted officials at an Indian school in north-central Washington to cancel classes for the rest of the week.
Fire spokesman Mark Grassel says the fire that grew rapidly in strong winds on Tuesday didn't grow much Wednesday. It has burned across about 5,000 acres, or nearly 8 square miles, on the Colville Indian Reservation.
The spokesman says the fire has burned past the historic St. Mary's Mission and the Paschal Sherman Indian School.
The Wenatchee World reports that about 50 boarding students were evacuated Tuesday night, returned briefly to get some belongings and then were taken home Wednesday. Officials have closed the school for the remainder of the week.