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Wildfire Threatens Homes Near Malaga

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MALAGA, Wash. -  A wildfire that was started by lightning on Friday burned more than eight square miles of grass over the weekend near Malaga, about eight miles south of Wenatchee above the Columbia River near the Rock Island Dam.
    
Fire managers say it threatens a power transmission line. Residents of 78 homes were told to evacuate, but  many chose to stay. A Red Cross was set up a shelter in a Wenatchee church.
    
Mudslides were a problem in the Colockum area south of Malaga too. Chelan County Emergency Management said three homes may have been pushed off their foundations.
    
Mudslides also closed Highway 20 east of Rainy Pass on the North Cascades Highway.
    
Forecasters expected more thunderstorms Monday in parts of Eastern Washington.

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