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Winds hamper battles against three wildfires

CASHMERE, Wash. – Three wildfires were burning in north-central Washington on Saturday as firefighters battled high winds.

A blaze in Nahahum Canyon has burned more than 2 square miles of grass, brush and trees. At least 53 homes in the grassy canyon have been evacuated, and another 31 families are under notice to get ready to leave if necessary.

Fire information officer Joe Anderson said Saturday evening that one unoccupied structure was burned by the blaze. More than 250 people are fighting the fire, with no reports of injuries.

Two smaller fires burned south of Cashmere, including one in Devil’s Gulch.

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

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