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Fire Danger High In Eastern Washington

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TROUT LAKE, Wash. (AP) - The biggest fire to strike Washington's
south Cascade Range in decades continued to grow today, as weather
forecasters warned of hazardous fire conditions for most of the
east side of the state.
      The Cold Springs fire had burned about 9 square miles, or more
than 6,000 acres, in south-central Washington near Mount Adams, the
state's second-highest peak. The fire was burning in timber, some
beetle-killed, in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and on the
Yakama Indian Reservation.
      Gifford Pinchot spokesman Chris Strebig says no homes were
threatened, but firefighters wrapped a historic guard station built
in 1909 with a fire-retardant material and built fire lines to try
to protect it.
      Strebig says people who had been in the area to climb Mount
Adams had all been evacuated by midday today. The Yakima
Herald-Republic reported Camp Chaparral, a youth camp operated by
the Yakama Indian tribe, was also evacuated as a precaution.
      Some 200 firefighters were on the lines.
     
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