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Canadians To Help With NW Fires

AP | Sept. 17, 2012 7:14 a.m. | Updated: Sept. 18, 2012 8:06 a.m.

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Washington and Oregon crews just aren’t enough to fight ongoing wildfires in Washington state. So the officials who coordinate wildfire coverage in the northwest have called Canada for help.

Photo by Nick Lunde View of the fire from a helicopter

Photo by Nick Lunde View of the fire from a helicopter

More than 100 firefighters and support crew are expected to arrive in Washington by Monday. They’ll join about 3,500 Washington and Oregon crews already fighting five large fires in Washington state.

Fire spokeswoman Carol Connolly says another 800 people from the northwest are fighting fires in other states right now, mostly in Idaho, California and Montana.

The largest wildfire in Washington state right now is a complex of fires burning over about one square miles in the Wenatchee area. The Wenatchee complex is only 17 percent contained and forced hundreds of people out of their homes.

Pole Creek fire from a helicopter (Tom Lunde)

Pole Creek fire from a helicopter (Tom Lunde)

In Oregon, the Pole Creek Fire, burning 6 miles southwest of Sisters, is about 16,000 acres in size and 10 percent contained. A meeting to update the public about the Pole Creek fire is scheduled for Monday evening at 7:30 p.m. at the Sisters Elementary School.

OPB contributed to this report.

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