Skamania County wildfire quiet after destroying four houses
WHITE SALMON, Wash. (AP) - A fire that destroyed four expensive homes on a bluff in the eastern Columbia River gorge has been quiet overnight. The wildfire started yesterday about three miles west of White Salmon and was pushed by winds gusting up to 38 miles an hour. The winds died down overnight, thought, and fire dispatchers say there has been no growth in the blaze. Fifty to 60 homes were threatened by the fire, which started near the bottom of the gorge and raced uphill through brush and timber. Stan Hinatsu, a U.S. Forest Service information officer, says all the threatened homes have been evacuated. An evacuation center was established at a school, and some residents set up temporary housekeeping in trailers on a school field. About 150 firefighters have been assigned to the blaze, which has blackened about 150 acres and is about 40% contained.
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