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More than 300 People Evacuated for Columbia County Fire

DAYTON, Wash.- The Columbia Complex Fire continued to burn Wednesday just outside Dayton, and now more than 300 people have been forced from their homes.

15,000 to 20,000 acres are now charred by the fire some are calling "out of control."

"Resources have been arriving all day, today as well as last night, so I don't know the up to the minute count, but I think as of last night they had 167, and so we're well over that now," said Koshane Lomnicke, a member of the Type 2 Fire Response Team.

Teams from around the country have been called in to fight the blaze, and hundreds of residents are out of their homes, with no idea when they'll return.

"We got some of the bigger property, motor home, stuff like that out and we went back to get the rest of the personal affects and they said at that time, 'no,' that all roads were closed," said evacuee Dan Fisher.

Evacuations started last night, and some people are struggling with the situation.

"My son is on a special medication for headaches and dizziness, he needs his laundry cause he has to go to work Friday," said evacuee Betty Turner.

Wednesday night's forecast calls for high winds, and fire officials are warning people to the northeast to get ready to evacuate.

The fire moved about 10 miles last night, and it's not expected to let up anytime soon.

"We definitely expect that it'll keep running and our major effort is to protect structures," said Ray Steiger of Clark County Fire.

"There are scattered ranch houses and recreation residences in the areas."

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