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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