SEATTLE (AP) - Temperatures are expected to hit triple digits this week in parts of central and eastern Washington, not good news for crews fighting wildfires there. The National Weather Service says, however, winds will remain light. Fueled by dry conditions and gusty winds, the Carlton Complex fire has torn through 390 square mile, destroying 300 homes in the Pateros and Brewster area and throughout the Methow Valley. Officials said the fire is 66 percent contained.
ANACORTES, Wash. (AP) - The Skagit County Sheriff's Office says three protesters have been arrested for blocking railroad tracks at the Tesoro refinery near Anacortes. About two dozen people were taking part in the demonstration against oil trains this morning when deputies arrived. Most agreed to leave, but three locked themselves to the tracks.
OROFINO, Idaho (AP) - A small airplane on a flight from Richland, Washington, to Baker, Montana, has crashed in the Clearwater National Forest near the Idaho-Montana border, killing the pilot. Sheriff's deputies say that before the crash, the pilot radioed that the plane might not make it to its next stop in Helena, Montana. No one else was on board the plane.
SEATTLE (AP) - As the Blue Angels return to Seattle for Seafair, so do Interstate 90 bridge closures. The state Department of Transportation is reminding motorists that the I-90 bridge over Lake Washington will be closed as the Blue Angels practice twice on Thursday and once on Friday. The Federal Aviation Administration requires the state to close I-90 while the Blue Angels perform.
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