Evacuation

The Chelan Complex Fire in central Washington has now topped 100,000-acres and about 3,000 people have been evacuated.

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Four separate wildfires have burned together in Central Washington, claiming several structures including homes and commercial properties near Lake Chelan. The fires have led to evacuations and road closures, and left nearly 10,000 people without power. 

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Crews in Washington state are working a fire that’s burned 10,000 acres along the eastern portion of the Columbia River Gorge.

Tuesday, residents of the town of Roosevelt were evacuated, but have since started to return.

The grass fire started in Klickitat County.

About 300 residents in Roosevelt were evacuated, according to the county’s emergency management center.

Officials also closed a portion of Highway 14 in both directions.

The fire burned some vehicles and outbuildings, but homes were not destroyed.

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Marysville-Pilchuck High School students were forced to evacuate their campus minutes before school was supposed to let out Monday.

District spokesperson Anna Boone said students evacuated after the school received a threat — even though the threat might not have been credible.

“They’re unsubstantiated threats at this point, so the police department is investigating to see if this is a hoax or not,” Boone said.

A post on the Marysville Police Department’s Twitter account Monday said the threatening call was similar to other recent hoax calls.

Beaver Creek Update: Nearly 10,000 Homes On Evacuation Alert

Aug 19, 2013

More resources continue to pour into Idaho’s central mountains to fight a growing wildfire that has now consumed more than 150 square miles, or roughly the size of Detroit.

Wildfires burning in Idaho continue to be the country’s top firefighting priority. There are two massive blazes in that state that continue to threaten communities. Hundreds of people remain evacuated.

Idaho Fire Nation’s Top Priority

Aug 13, 2013

A massive wildfire burning in Idaho has become the nation’s top firefighting priority. The 125 square mile blaze is threatening hundreds of homes and hundreds of people have been asked to leave.

Trinity Ridge Fire Gets Closer To Featherville

Aug 21, 2012

More than a thousand fire fighters in Idaho are working to protect homes as a massive wildfire moves closer to the mountain communities of Pine and Featherville. Sadie Babits reports.

The Trinity Ridge fire burning 100 miles northeast of Boise remains the state’s number one firefighting priority. That’s because the wildfire continues to threaten hundreds of homes in Pine and Featherville. Mary Christensen – a fire information officer – says thick smoke lifted and now the wildfire has picked up.

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Washington state troopers evacuated the state capitol building in Olympia for several hours Monday morning due to a bomb scare. Washington State Patrol spokesman Bob Calkins says several witnesses saw a woman deposit a cloth shopping bag in the capitol rotunda and walk away.