August 30, 2011 in News, Region

Crews hope cooler temps calm burning fires

Danny Goff photo

In an Aug. 28, 2011 photo, lightening strikes near a burning wildfire near Pomeroy, Wash. Lightening strikes are believed to have started wildfires that have burned more than 5,000 acres of grassland in southeast Washington.
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Air tankers dropping retardant helped firefighters protect two homes from a wildfire that jumped the fire lines.

About 20 homes are threatened by the fire 5 miles west of Omak. The so-called Salmon Fire had burned 1,600 acres as of tonight.

Fire spokesman Steve Harris says residents in two homes were advised to evacuate Tuesday afternoon, but that order was removed later in the day with better control of the blaze.

About 150 firefighters are assigned to the fire, and state firefighting teams are en route to the blaze.

Cooler temperatures helped firefighters gain ground on two other fires in Eastern Washington, and crews hope to have them fully contained Wednesday. No structures have been lost.

Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Dan Johnson says updated mapping shows that the one fire, near Wishram, has burned 11,000 acres, or 17 square miles.

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