Wind Could Shift Direction Of Chelan Complex Fires

Aug 21, 2015

Wind is continuing to whip up wildfires burning in north central Washington state. After a dry cold front blew through this morning, another strong surge of wind Friday could cause trouble.

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President Obama has declared a federal emergency across Washington state, after a wildfire near Twisp killed three firefighters Wednesday afternoon. Wildfires in eastern Washington now cover roughly half a million acres.

As firefighters work to contain the Canyon Creek Complex wildfire, high winds and hot temperatures mean the fire keeps growing.

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Update 8/21 morning: Firefighters worked through the night digging hand lines and protecting structures as winds picked up in the hills above the Okanogan Valley. One front of the Okanogan Complex fires is now within two miles of the town of Okanogan itself. 

Wildfires are burning across nearly 600 square miles of Washington state and the forecast today calls for strong winds in the most affected areas.

People Flee Winthrop and Twisp For Pateros

Aug 20, 2015
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Fast-moving wildfires in north-central Washington have forced the evacuations of Winthrop and Twisp.

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The Red Cross in Washington is currently operating nine shelters in response to the state's wildfires.

Fires burning across Washington state have grown to about 390,000 acres and killed three firefighters. Now elected officials are asking the Obama administration for federal money to help fight them.

Feds Pressure Obama Administration for Emergency Funds

Aug 20, 2015
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Officials praised firefighters for their dedicated and dangerous work on the front lines in Washington State today.

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