NESPELEM, Wash. (AP) - A wildfire on the Colville Indian Reservation has burned more than 23 square miles of rugged land and sagebrush. 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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