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Snag Canyon and Colville Fires Increasing in Size

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Fire spokesmen say a wildfire burning on the Colville Indian Reservation in northeastern Washington has burned across about 7,000 acres.

Residents of about 25 homes have been told to evacuate in the face of the Devil’s Elbow Complex of three wildfires. Detected Sunday, those fires were likely ignited by lightning.

Fire spokeswoman Karen Ripley said late Wednesday that no homes have burned. About 210 firefighters are attacking the flames.

The Snag Canyon wildfire near Ellensburg in central Washington has grown to 6,400 acres and is being fought by about 450 firefighters.

The Washington Incident Management Team reports that fire was started by lightning on Saturday and is burning through grass, brush and timber about 12 miles northwest of Ellensburg.

The fire has destroyed eight homes and threatens 179 structures.

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