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Wildfires In Central Washington Force Evacuations

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Posted at 9:19 PM, Jul 12, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-30 16:48:33-04

WATERVILLE, Wash. (AP) -- Officials in central Washington have been encouraging about 100 people to leave their homes in the path of a fast-growing wildfire.

The Douglas County sheriff's office issued evacuation notices Sunday morning for people living in the Palisades and Rimrock neighborhoods of Waterville. About 300 structures were threatened but not all were homes.

Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal told KING-TV those in the area should not wait for an evacuation notice, however, and move their family to safety if they see the fire getting closer.

Fire officials said the Douglas County complex of fires, which started Friday evening, have grown to cover about 30 square miles. No structures have been destroyed by the two fires that officials believe were started by lightning.

Fire danger in many areas of Washington state remained very high or extreme.

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