The US military will provide 200 active duty Army troops to help fight wildfires.  The National Interagency Fire Center in Boise announced Monday the soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord will begin training Wednesday and could be ready as soon as Sunday. 

It’s the first time in nine years that active duty troops have been called on to help with fire efforts.  New, large fires across the West have stretched resources unusually thin. 

Ken Frederick, a spokesman with the fire center, says fire managers are even looking overseas for help.

Fires continue to burn around Lake Chelan in central Washington Monday. Nearly 3,000 residents have been evacuated so far and dozens of homes have burned as firefighters struggle to gain any control over the blaze.

The Army is deploying 200 soldiers to help fight wildfires that are burning through about 1.1 million acres across the Western United States. That's according to a press release from the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho.

"It's been nine years since wildfire was so widespread all at once that active military troops joined firefighters battling blazes," NPR's Howard Berkes reports. "Four military C-130 cargo planes are also in use as air tankers."

More than 700 firefighters are attacking fires in Central Washington. The "Reach Complex" fires have forced evacuations, burned at least 25 structures and surrounded the popular vacation area of Lake Chelan.

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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. 

One thousand firefighters are fighting the Blue Creek Fire Thursday about eight miles outside of Walla Walla, Washington.

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Four hundred firefighters attacked the Blue Creek wildfire 10 miles east of Walla Walla Tuesday. The wind and dry ground let it grow up to 4,200 acres.

The Blue Creek wildfire 10 miles east of Walla Walla, Washington, has grown to 4,200 acres and is growing to the southeast.

A wildfire about 10 miles east of Walla Walla, Washington, grew to the southeast Tuesday afternoon. The close proximity to town means some people are driving by to get an up-close look at the fire.

Walla Walla County expects more than 400 personnel on the scene of a growing fire ten miles east of Walla Walla by Tuesday afternoon.