Firefighters Get No Help From Windy and Dry Conditions
WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) — One of the dozens of wildfires burning in Eastern Washington has grown dramatically in windy conditions and has burned three homes.
Fire spokeswoman Karen Ripley says 35 mph winds overnight Monday pushed the Leahy Fire burning north and west of Grand Coulee, Wash., from about 11,000 acres to more than 60,000 acres, or 95 square
miles. Ripley said Tuesday night that fire has burned three homes and nine outbuildings. One firefighter was injured.
The Leahy and Barker Canyon fires are burning dry grass and sagebrush near Grand Coulee, about 160 miles east of Seattle. The town is not threatened and there are no mandatory evacuations.
The lightning-sparked fires are 20 percent contained.