Wash. wildfire burns home near Lyle

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This wildfire in south-central Washington -- shown here at 9:25 p.m. Monday, July 15, 2013 -- was blamed for burning a home Monday near the town of Lyle. Fire crews from all over Klickitat County have responded, as has the Natural Resources Department. (KOIN 6 News, Matt Rashleigh)

LYLE, Wash. (KOIN) — Firefighters are working to control a wildfire burning in the Columbia River Gorge near the town of Lyle, Wash.

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This wildfire in south-central Washington — shown here at 9:25 p.m. Monday, July 15, 2013 — was blamed for burning a home Monday near the town of Lyle. Fire crews from all over Klickitat County have responded, as has the Natural Resources Department. (KOIN 6 News, Matt Rashleigh)

Fire crews told KOIN 6 News that so far one home has burned. The wildfire, originally thought to cover about 100 acres, affected only 27.

Fire crews from all over Klickitat County have responded, as has the Natural Resources Department, according to Associated Press reports. As of 2 p.m. Tuesday the fire is reported to be 75% contained.

Also in Washington state Monday night, authorities said a wildfire burned across more than 3 square miles in north-central Washington. The fire also burned a main power transmission line for western Okanogan County, temporarily cutting power to the towns of Twisp and Winthrop, AP reported.

County Emergency Manager Scott Miller said Monday evening that utility crews hope to restore power within 24 hours. He says the fire that started earlier Monday is 80 percent contained. One outbuilding has burned.

Miller said about 150 firefighters have responded, from local agencies, the state Department of Natural Resources and the Forest Service. Two helicopters and a plane dropped water on the fire earlier. That fire’s cause is not yet known.

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