TWISP, Wash. (AP) — A new wildfire in north-central Washington has burned an unknown number of homes between Twisp and Winthrop.
Fire spokesman Andy Lyon said Saturday morning the Rising Eagle Fire has grown to between 400 and 600 acres, but calmed down over night.
Firefighters are concentrating on protecting about 200 homes under an evacuation order. Lyon says there were some dramatic rescues of homes overnight but some could not be saved.
The homes in danger are scattered among the trees along country roads.
Forecasters were predicting more dry lighting and some possible showers in the area on Saturday, but Lyon says they aren’t expecting enough rain to help firefighting efforts.
The fire started Friday around 2:30 p.m. west of Highway 20, which was closed for much of the day.