Hot Weather Complicates Fire Fighting Efforts

Jul 11, 2014

Triple-digit temperatures are expected to complicate the effort to battle a large wildfire in central Washington. The Mills Canyon blaze covers about 28 square miles north of Wenatchee. It's threatening hundreds of structures and has led to periodic closures of US Highway 97A. Keith Vradenburg is mayor of the small town of Entiat . He says the town is thick with both firefighters and smoke.

A view of the Mills Canyon fire, north of Wenatchee, Washington.
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"I can't hardly see across the Columbia River. That's about a half mile a cross it from my house to the other side. So we have a lot of smoke, which we've had for the last several days," said Vradenburg.

The Mills Canyon fire is largest of about a half dozen blazes in the Northwest. Most of the fire activity is in central and eastern Washington.

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