Northwest Wildfire Season Heats Up

Jul 10, 2014

The Northwest is in the grip of a heat wave and this weekend it could push temperatures into the triple digits in parts of the region. That could make things difficult for firefighters battling flames on the front lines.

The Mills Canyon fire started near Entiat, Washington, north of Wenatchee.
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There are more large-scale wildfires burning in the Northwest than in any other part of the country right now. Most of those are in central and eastern Washington. The Mills Canyon fire north of Wenatchee quickly grew in size since it started Tuesday.

Many homes have been evacuated and more residents have been told to prepare to leave. The high heat and smoky conditions have prompted organizers of a nearby Native-American cultural festival to postpone their event until the fall. Debbie Gallaher is with the Chelan County PUD.

"We were so excited. We were ready to go. We had all of our presenters and then boom, we have a fire,” said Gallaher.

Cities across the region are opening cooling centers so people without air conditioning can catch a break from the heat. The hottest temperatures are expected in the Northwest interior east of the Cascade Range. 

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