July 30, 2010 in Region

Fast-moving wildfire prompts evacuations near Cashmere

 

CASHMERE, Wash. — A fast-moving northcentral Washington wildfire has prompted an evacuation order for at least 20 homes in a grassy canyon in the Cashmere area.

The fire in Nahahum Canyon was reported this afternoon and had burned across about three-quarters of a square mile of grass, brush and trees within several hours.

Chelan County sheriff’s Lt. Kent Sisson says mandatory evacuation orders were given to residents about four miles up the canyon.

There were no reports of injuries. Sisson said shortly before 6 p.m. he was not aware of any buildings destroyed by the fire.

Several aircraft and firefighters from local fire departments, the U.S. Forest Service and the Washington state Department of Natural Resources are responding.


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