Wash. wildfire grows to 2,000 acres; 0% contained

7-25-13-WSDOT Satus Pass fire with flames
Flames jump over treetops at the Satus Pass fire in south central Washington Thursday, July 25, 2013. (Washington Department of Transportation)

GOLDENDALE, Wash. (AP) — A fire in south central Oregon grew to about 2,000 acres Thursday — and none of it is contained, according to the state Department of Natural Resources.

However, the Satus Pass Fire is burning in a remote area. As of 4 p.m. Thursday, no structures had been destroyed. Roughly 70 people were evacuated as of Wednesday.

US Highway 97 remains closed because of this wildfire, which is near Satus Pass.

The state Department of Transportation reports the highway remained closed between the towns of Toppenish and Goldendale, Wash. Goldendale is about 100 east of Portland, 70 miles south of Yakima, Wash., and 100 miles west of the Tri-Cities, according to the city’s website.

Flames and smoke continue to make the area hazardous for drivers, WSDOT reports.

– The Associated Press originated the information used in this KOIN.com report.

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