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Wildfire Threatens Homes Near Nespelem

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NESPELEM, Wash. (AP) - A wildfire on the Colville Indian
Reservation has burned more than 23 square miles of rugged land and
Fire information officer Karen Ripley says about 20 homes and 40
outbuildings are in the vicinity. It's burning 9 miles west of
Nespelem (nez-PEE'-luhm) between the Columbia River and State
Highway 155 in northcentral Washington.
No one has been evacuated, no structures have been lost and no
injuries have been reported.
There's no word on what started the fire Thursday. It spread
rapidly through grass, brush and some timber.
About 200 firefighters are building fire lines as water is
dropped from a couple of air tankers and a half-dozen helicopters.
More firefighters are en route.
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