Wildfire burns 4,000 acres in Washington State, US

Fast-moving wildfire in Washington burns many homes and thousands of acres

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The wild fire in the State of Washington has ruined 4,000 acres of land and destroyed nearly 30 homes on Monday afternoon, while hundreds of people were forced to evacuate their homes.

The wildfire started about 140 miles east of Seattle on Sunday afternoon in central Washington, then spreaded into the north-central Washington city of Wenatchee.

"We've got hundreds of homes under evacuation notices," Rich Magnussen of the Chelan County Emergency Management Office said.

The blaze quickly spread into residential and commercial areas from a remote hillside outside the city,destroying  dozens of homes.

"It's going to be tough to replace," resident Tom Bryant, who rushed out of his home at the last minute with his wife, told the Associated Press. "It hurts, but it's just stuff. It's painful."

“My thoughts and prayers are with Wenatchee this morning,” Washington Governor Jay Inslee said in a statement on Monday.

“Yet again, our state is experiencing a catastrophic wildfire that has displaced families and shut down businesses, as well as risked the lives of our firefighters and emergency personnel.”

Officials stated that about 4,000 homes are under a Level 2 evacuation order at a news conference on Tuesday, adding that three firefighters have been wounded since the start of the fire.

Washington faced one of its the wildfires last year, Carlton Complex fires, ruining 250,000 acres (100,000 hectares), according to the Natural Resources Department.

The Sleepy Hollow is one of the many large wildfires in the Western United States. It includes over 60 wildfires in Alaska alone that burnt 650,000 acres (263,000 hectares), reported the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho.

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