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Officials concerned about wind at wildfire near Yakima

September 4, 2020 GMT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Fire officials are concerned about high winds in the forecast this weekend as more firefighters arrive to help contain the Evans Creek Fire burning near Yakima between Naches and Ellensburg.

The fire was 69,920 acres as of Friday morning, or 110 square miles, the Yakima Herald-Republic reported. It started Monday afternoon 8 miles (13 kilometers) northwest of Naches. It is 10% contained. The cause is under investigation.

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Over 900 firefighters and 21 aircraft have been called to fight the blaze, which remains a top priority in Washington and Oregon, officials said a news conference Friday.

“We are doing everything we can, bringing every single resource from firefighters to aircraft on this,” State Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz said. “It is the largest fire we have and we’re hoping it is going to be the last large fire this year.”

Yakima County Emergency Management Operations Director Horace Ward confirmed six homes have been destroyed and 126 people have been displaced and are staying in hotels. No fatalities have been reported.

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