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UPDATE FROM THE FIRE LINES: Goldendale Wildfire Up To Nearly 27 Square Miles

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GOLDENDALE, Wash. (AP) - Fire officials say they are starting to get control over a large wildfire burning near Goldendale, Wash., on top of Satus Pass.
    
Spokesman Randy Shepard of the interagency fire management team says the fire has grown to almost 32 square miles, but it is now about 25 percent contained. He says weather conditions are favorable for more progress on Monday.
    
He says fire officials are confident they will have a line around the fire within the next few days.
    
The fire covered about 27 square miles on Sunday and has been growing to the east through rough terrain. It's about 7 miles from the small town of Bickleton, but Shepard says fire officials do not expect the fire to get near the village.
    
Highway 97 is still closed between Goldendale and Toppenish and will remain closed as long as necessary for safety reasons.
    
About 1,200 people are fighting the fire. A few more homes have been added to the evacuation notices but no structures have been destroyed. The fire threatens about 144 structures, including about 70 residences.

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GOLDENDALE, Wash. (AP) - A wildfire burning near Goldendale, Wash., has grown to nearly 27 square miles.
    
Spokeswoman Lauren Durocher of the interagency fire management team says the fire has grown in part from Saturday's estimate of 14 square miles because of more accurate mapping.
    
The fire along the top of Satus Pass is threatening about 144 structures, including about 69 residences. That number was also updated on Sunday. No structures have been destroyed but all have been evacuated.
    
The fire was about 15 percent contained on Sunday and about 1,100 people are working on the blaze.
    
Most of Highway 97 between Goldendale and Toppenish remains closed.
    
Meanwhile, a brush fire burning south of Wenatchee has grown to more than 3 square miles.
    
The fire burning at the Colockum Pass area has not burned any more structures since two destroyed on Saturday, but fire officials say about 40 homes and cabins are threatened.
    
Two minor injuries have been reported to fire fighters on that fire.

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