Wildfires Blaze Their Way Across The Northwest

Jul 16, 2014

Wildfires continue to blaze around the region. Washington state has declared a state of emergency for 20 of its eastern counties. In Oregon, more than a dozen fires are burning right now, with the biggest concentration in the center of the state.

U.S. Highway 26 near Mitchell, Ore. has been closed much of this week due to a wildfire.
Credit Oregon Department of Transportation

Cindy Harper lives in the small central Oregon town of Mitchell. For much of this week, Mitchell’s major road has been closed as flames have crept up literally to the highway's edge. It's the road Harper uses to get to work over in Redmond and she has a long detour.

Harper's solution? She's staying home.

"I'm not taking a three-hour drive," Harper said.

The flames are well outside town for now. Elsewhere in Oregon, a blaze destroyed more than a dozen homes near Sprague River.

And in Washington, the National Guard has been called out to help fight a fire north of Wenatchee. The state has also received federal approval to use unmanned aircraft to assess wildfire.

The Washington Department of Natural Resources says its 40-pound drone can fly in conditions that would typically ground a traditional aircraft.

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