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Fire Forces Warden Residents from Homes

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WARDEN, Wash.- The weather was not the cause of a wildfire near warden that started last night a rolled-over car sparked the blaze.

Those people safely returned to their homes Monday afternoon, but not after the fire came dangerously close.

About 100 people were evacuated around 1:00 Monday morning after firefighters say wind and heat quickly pushed the flames near about 55 homes.  

Firefighters were able to save those properties, but not before the fire burned about 1,700 acres.  

Evacuees say they did fear the fire would take out their homes overnight.

"So I thought we were alright and then they came knocking on the door and told us that we had to leave right now and we had about 300 yards, 400 yards down we had about 40-50 foot flames," said Kit Coombs who was evacuated. 

Firefighters say an SUV started the fire when it rolled around 5:00 Sunday night on Seep Lake Road just west of Warden.

The fire was about 70 percent contained.