Winds fuel fire on reservation

SUNDAY, FEB. 13, 2011

WHITE SWAN, Wash. – Dozens of firefighters battled a blaze fueled by strong winds on the Yakama Indian Reservation on Saturday night that damaged at least 12 homes, authorities said.

The fire apparently started in one house and then spread in the unincorporated town of White Swan with the help of 40 mph winds.

No residents were hurt, but two firefighters were treated and released for minor injuries, Sgt. George Town of the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office told the Associated Press.

Some residents voluntarily evacuated and took shelter at the town’s ceremonial longhouse and high school.

About 70 firefighters fought the blaze, which KIMA-TV reported was about 25 percent contained by late afternoon.


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