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Three fires in Wenatchee area burning 36.7 square miles

UPDATED: Wed., June 28, 2017, 11:52 a.m.

As of June 28, 2017 the Spartan Fire, Sutherland Canyon Fire and the Straight Hollow Fire had burned approximately 23,000 acres near Wenatchee. (Washington Department of Natural Resources)
As of June 28, 2017 the Spartan Fire, Sutherland Canyon Fire and the Straight Hollow Fire had burned approximately 23,000 acres near Wenatchee. (Washington Department of Natural Resources)
Associated Press

Three wildfires burning in grasslands south of Wenatchee, Washington, had grown to approximately 36.7 square miles but had not destroyed any structures.

Firefighters on Wednesday were trying to prevent the fires from growing to protect property and sage grouse habitat.

A lightning-caused fire burning nine miles southeast of Wenatchee grew to 11.7 square miles overnight and was 30 percent contained by 160 firefighters. The fire threatened about 80 structures.

Another fire, burning 15 miles south of East Wenatchee, grew to 15.6 square miles and was 10 percent contained by 150 firefighters. About 30 structures were threatened.

A third fire, 20 miles south of East Wenatchee, burned 9.3 square miles and was 20 percent contained by 50 firefighters.

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