Washington Firefighters Make Progress Against Mills Canyon Fire

Washington firefighters made progress Saturday against the Mills Canyon fire, the largest in the state, extending protection to homes in the area as the fire only slightly grew, reports The Los Angeles Times.

The central Washington fire has consumed nearly 22,000 acres and is 22% contained with 763 firefighters deployed, said Robin DeMario, spokeswoman for the Northwest Coordination Center, a multi-agency firefighting effort.

Highway 97A has reopened and damaged power lines have been repaired, she told the Los Angeles Times. Smoke, however, is causing air quality problems in the nearby town of Entiat.

The cause of the fire that erupted Tuesday is under investigation, DeMario said.

The state’s second-largest fire, at Lake Spokane, which has charred 1,016 acres, was 50% contained Saturday afternoon. All evacuation orders for Spokane have been lifted, DeMario said. There are 300 personnel battling the Lake Spokane fire.

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