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Fire Near Goldendale, Washington Blackens Thousands Of Acres

Northwest News Network | July 26, 2013 3:54 p.m.

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Washington Incident Management Team #2/ InciWeb. A column of smoke rises from the Mile Marker 28 Fire near Goldendale, Wash.

A wildfire near Goldendale, Washington is blackening grasslands, shrubs and forests along Highway 97. It’s called the Mile Marker 28 Fire.

About 30 homes have been evacuated so far.

“As of the last information we have, no structures have been lost. So it’s still in a precautionary mode, says Randy Shepard, an information officer on the fire. “But given the nature of the fire, we didn’t want to get anyone too close to the fire.”

The fire started on Wednesday, but the cause is still unknown. Much of the active blaze is on Yakama Nation land.

About 600 firefighters are on the wildfire now, but Shepard says that might grow to 1,100 before the weekends through.

So far more than 4,600 acres have burned and the fire is 3 percent contained.

On the Web:

Mile Marker 28 Fire - InciWeb

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