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Washington fire stable; more storms expected

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 14, 2014 at 5:11 pm •  Published: July 14, 2014
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ENTIAT, Wash. (AP) — A wildfire burning in central Washington didn't grow much on Monday, despite scorching temperatures in the region, fire officials said Monday.

The Mills Canyon fire remained at about 35 square miles and about 25 percent contained, fire officials said.

Temperatures climbed above 100 degrees in central Washington on Monday. But winds were mild, and firefighters kept the blaze from expanding.

"The acreage has not changed much, but we are not out of the woods yet," fire spokesman Vladimir Steblina said.

Crews have strengthened containment lines around the fire near Entiat, but officials are worried about the potential for dry lightning and wind to kick up the blaze.

The National Weather Service said more thunderstorms were expected in the area later Monday.

Residents of three dozen homes have been told to evacuate. Officials notified residents of about 500 other homes to watch fire updates and be prepared to leave if necessary.

Officials said crews did good work protecting more than 100 houses along Highway 97A. On Saturday, they were working to protect 14 homes along Roaring Creek, near the fire's northern edge.

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