August 1, 2010 in News

Rain cools wildfire near Leavenworth

The Associated Press
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In this Friday, July 30, 2010 photo, a firefighter from the Vale Hotshot crew sets a backfire near a home four miles up the Nahahum Canyon, just north of Cashmere, Wash. (AP Photo/The Wenatchee World, Kathryn Stevens)
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CASHMERE, Wash. (AP) — People are being allowed to return to their homes after crews worked through the night battling a large wildfire in north-central Washington.

Fire information officer Randy Shepard said Sunday morning that rain has helped crews fight the blaze that has burned more than two square miles of grass, brush and trees in Nahahum Canyon. At least 53 homes in the grassy canyon had been evacuated.

One unoccupied structure was burned by the blaze.

Two other smaller fires burning south of Cashmere were mostly contained. Seven hundred people are fighting the three fires.

Elsewhere, a large fire burned in the Stehekin area. The 4,000-acre Rainbow Bridge Fire is burning 1.5 miles north of Stehekin Landing.

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