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New Wildfire Threatens Dozen Homes

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File photo of a wildfire. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN/AFP/GettyImages)

File photo of a wildfire. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN/AFP/GettyImages)

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SHELTON, Wash. (AP) — A Mason County sheriff’s spokesman says a new Western Washington wildfire burning northeast of Shelton is threatening a dozen homes and firefighters from three counties are battling it.

Chief Deputy Dean Byrd said Thursday evening the fire that started in the afternoon has burned “30 acres-plus” and there is no containment. Flames were burning under Bonneville Power Administration power lines.

He says residents of 10-12 homes in the Johns Creek area have been told they might need to leave. Byrd says 20-25 homes earlier considered threatened near Rainbow Lake are no longer at risk.

Two state helicopters scooped water from the lake and dropped it on the flames. Byrd says more than 40 firefighters have responded from Mason, Thurston and Grays Harbor counties.

No injuries have been reported.

The area is about 45 miles southwest of Seattle.

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