WA fires: 100 homes lost, 202K acres burned

The fires burned 100 homes and more than 200,000 acres

Smoke and flames are seen from the air at the Chiwaukum Creek Fire near Leavenworth, Wash., Thursday, July 17, 2014. The blaze closed a section of U.S. Highway 2, and resulted in the evacuation of nearly 900 homes. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Smoke and flames are seen from the air at the Chiwaukum Creek Fire near Leavenworth, Wash., Thursday, July 17, 2014. The blaze closed a section of U.S. Highway 2, and resulted in the evacuation of nearly 900 homes. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) – Gov. Jay Inslee traveled to eastern Washington to see the response to massive wildfires first hand.

Inslee was meeting with officials at the Chiwaukum incident command post in Leavenworth before heading to a Red Cross shelter in Chelan to meet with people who have been evacuated. Joining Inslee are Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste, Major General Bret Daugherty, and State Emergency Management Director Robert Ezelle.

At a press conference at his office earlier, Inslee said multiple agencies are involved in the battle against multiple fires, and that there are currently about 2,000 firefighters on the ground in eastern Washington, along with a dozen helicopters.

Karina Shagren, spokeswoman for the Washington state military department, said that in addition to 100 National Guard members who are on standby, up to 1,000 additional troops that are currently in Yakima could receive additional fire training.

Inslee spokesman David Postman said that more than 202,000 acres have burned so far.

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A sheriff estimates that up to 100 homes have been lost in a large wildfire burning in north-central Washington.

Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said Friday morning that between 80 and 100 homes have burned.

Rogers said no injuries have been reported.

Rogers said his team counted 30 homes and trailers destroyed in Pateros, another 40 in a community just outside the town at Alta Lake and about 25 homes destroyed elsewhere.

The wind-whipped blaze has grown to about 260 square miles.

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