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September 10, 2012
Evacuations Urged as Lightning Sparks Wash. Fires


Lightning strikes sparked dozens of fires in central Washington state, with officials near Wenatchee calling for the evacuation of scores of homes.

Police Sgt. John Kruse said late Sunday night that residents of about 180 homes in foothills just west of the city have been urged to evacuate.

Kruse, the fire incident command spokesman, says the 500-acre blaze known as the Canyons Fire probably isn't the largest of the new blazes, but is nearest to an urban area.

Fire officials say severe storms that moved through the region east of the Cascades late Saturday sparked 70 to 80 wildfires.

So far there have been no injuries and just one outbuilding has been destroyed.




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