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Fires Rage over 50,000 acres

PROSSER, Wash.- An update on numerous wildfires still burning throughout the region.

Wind and hot temperatures have firefighters struggling with two fires near Bickleton.

The horse heaven hills complex has now burned about 50,000 acres.

Five fires are still active.

Lightning strikes are being blamed for each of those fires.  Firefighters are most concerned about two fires burning near Bickleton.

The Wood Gulch and Six Prong fires.

Wood Gulch has burned about 7,500 acres, but is only 10% contained.

The Six Prong blaze is about twice that size, but it's 40% contained.

Firefighters say they were making progress in that area, but the warm weather and difficult terrain are allowing the fires to spread quickly and stopping them from predicting where they'll end up.

"The fire that's kind of jumped the line a little bit, so we're getting after it and trying to get it under control.  Today the weather's hot, but the good news is there's very little wind," said Dale Warriner, the fire information officer.

Another fire about 30 miles north on the Hanford Reach is now being called 85% contained.

The overlook fire is estimated at about 20,000 acres.

And a 1,500 acre fire outside Royal City is now being called contained.

Over the weekend, it threatened numerous homes, but none were destroyed.

And residents are back in their homes after evacuating for the mcbee fire outside Benton City this weekend.

No homes were destroyed there either, but the flames did come dangerously.

That fire is now contained at about 3,100 acres and residents are back in their homes after evacuating for the mcbee fire outside Benton City this weekend.

No homes were destroyed there either, but the flames did come dangerously.

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