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Default Article: Hundreds Ordered Evacuated Near Growing Wildfire

A growing wildfire has resulted in an evacuation order for an area with roughly 400 homes amid a threat of thunderstorms, temperatures approaching 100 degrees and low humidity.
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More Evacuations In Fischer Fire

POSTED: 8:11 AM PDT August 15, 2004
UPDATED: 6:00 AM PDT August 17, 2004



DRYDEN, Wash. --

A wildfire near this central Washington kept hundreds out of their homes while, to the north, a dramatic hail and lightning storm trapped 65 people and their vehicles between mudslides along the North Cascades Highway.

State Transportation Department crews arrived quickly at the slide area from Everett on the west and Twisp on the east and hoped to reopen the highway, Washington 20, sometime Tuesday, agency spokesman Jeff Adamson said.

The storm dropped half-inch hail and an inch of rain within half an hour in the area of the Mebee fire, which essentially burned itself out.

The lightning-caused Mebee fire charred 238 acres about a half mile north of the North Cascades Highway before the storm hit.

Lightning strikes from the latest storm started nine new small fires Monday night in the Mazama area, east of Rainy Pass.

Continued high temperatures and more storms were forecast in the central Washington areas where crews have been battling a half dozen wildfires.

An evacuation order remained in effect Monday for 275 homes that authorities feared could be threatened after the Fischer fire jumped fire lines near Dryden last weekend, and an evacuation order was issued Monday night for Ollala Canyon, said Candace Johnson, a fire information officer. She did not know how many homes were in the canyon.

Lightning was reported Monday afternoon around the Fischer fire, believed to be human-caused, Johnson said. No structures had burned and no injuries were reported, she added.

About 1,170 firefighters were assigned to the fire, which covered about 6,500 acres of private, state and national forest land and was about 30 percent contained.

Elsewhere, firefighters continued to dump water on the 29,920-acres Deep Harbor fire, part of the three-fire Pot Peak-Sisi Ridge complex burning near Lake Chelan.

About 280 guests and staff were evacuated from Holden Village, a Christian retreat, after sheriff's deputies warned residents there and in two nearby hamlets, Lucerne and Domke Lake, that the fire might advance northward toward the area.

Structural specialists were in the area to protect homes, fire information officer Scott Crawford said.

About 500 firefighters were assigned to the Pot Peak-Sisi Ridge fires, which have blackened a total of 47,390 acres and were 85 percent contained.

Embers from the Deep Harbor fire, which already had burned a dock and picnic shelter at a campground, set another dock on fire Sunday as firefighters were protecting a cabin. The dock was being rebuilt for firefighters' use.

The lightning-caused Dirty Face fire near Lake Wenatchee was estimated at 171 acres Monday. The fire was burning in very steep terrain in a mix of heavy brush and timber. No structures had burned as of Monday, but some trails were closed.

About 65 firefighters were assigned to the lightning-caused Rattlesnake Peak fire, which has burned 750 acres about 40 miles west of Yakima.

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My God, JJT! Are these firefighters inmates? Would they evacuate a prison? What is the weather like there? Hey that were 3 new questions!
Shall I bring you that rain in a bottle after all??
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