A fire early Monday in the small Washington town best known as the fictional home of the “Twilight” movies has destroyed two buildings, including one that sold souvenirs from the vampire series, authorities said.
The state Ecology Department reports air monitors detect hazardous Friday air in Cashmere and Liberty, and unhealthy air in Wenatchee, Entiat, Pateros and Quincy.
Thousands of firefighters are still battling five major wildfires in Eastern Washington that have burned a total of 186 square miles, but managers are increasingly confident they’re gaining control.
The Table Mountain Complex of wildfires in central Washington’s Chelan and Kittitas counties has tripled in size to more than 47 square miles, and residents of 161 homes north of Ellensburg and Liberty are being urged to evacuate, according to the Kittitas County Sheriff.
Officials urged residents around the Mission Ridge ski area southwest of Wenatchee to leave their homes because of the rapid growth of the Table Mountain Fire Complex.
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Firefighting officials say a stubborn wildfire that destroyed dozens of homes just east of Cle Elum has been completely contained after a two-week fight.
Some residents forced to flee a large central Washington fire were allowed to return to their homes Thursday, while firefighters in rural Idaho protected two threatened towns and thousands of crew members worked wildfires across California.
WA fire management officials said the fire is now 25 percent contained, up from 10 percent, in the fire that broke out Tuesday near Cle Elum, WA.
Gov. Chris Gregoire has declared a state of emergency for Kittitas and Yakima counties in response to a wildfire burning near Cle Elum.