Thousands evacuated as wildfires rage through Chelan, Washington State

Thousands evacuated as wildfires rage through Chelan, Washington State

Thousands evacuated as wildfires rage through Chelan, Washington State

Written by Tharushan Fernando

18 Aug, 2015 | 12:15 pm

Wildfires that are burning in the Northwestern United States yesterday destroying some 32 homes are forcing some 1,500 people to evacuate from the town of Chelan in Washington State.

Firefighters battled dozens of fires fueled by drought and winds in Montana, Oregon, Idaho and the California wine region north of San Francisco and according to officials to the fire near Chelan, sparked on Friday by lightning strikes and high winds, had jumped to to 60,000 acres by yesterday.

Better weather was helping to fight the blaze and the temperature was down 10 degrees Fahrenheit from the upper 90s on Friday and winds were low.

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