Wash. - Wildfires have burned tens of thousands of acres of land in eastern Washington and set dozens of homes on fire, fueled by high winds, heavy rains and a combination of hot, dry conditions, authorities said. A wind-whipped wildfire roared through Spokane on Tuesday, wiping out virtually an entire small town and consuming more than 1,000 acres of land on its way. The fast-moving wildfire, one of the largest in the state's history, destroyed about 2,500 acres, about 1.5 square miles, as strong winds created what officials called a firestorm, according to the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.
A building in neighboring Pine City was also destroyed by the fire, state officials said. A sheriff's official said the fire destroyed 80 percent of the Maldens and destroyed all of the city's homes and an adjacent library, as well as a church, school and other buildings.
The exact extent of the damage was unclear because many of the fire areas were too dangerous to monitor, he said. Besides Washington and Oregon, parts of California, Arizona and Nevada are experiencing critical weather conditions, the National Weather Service said, pointing to strong winds that could reach 60 mph in some areas. With destructive bushfires ravaging western Washington from Sumner to Enumclaw to Graham and Bonney Lake, NWS warns that rapid fire growth is likely when the fires begin today. Washington, North Idaho, is also at risk of fire, the U.S. Forest Service's National Fire Information Center said.
The following map shows the locations of the four fires in Spokane County and uses data from multiple sources. The maps below use data from the US Forest Service's National Fire Information Center and illustrate the location of all four wildfires burning. In total, the fires have burned more than 200 hectares, a spokesman said. Two of them are burning on the west side of Bonney Lake near the town of Graham, about 100 acres south of Cheney, according to NFI.
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Spokane Fire Department was dispatched to a reported fire on Newport Highway 9114 at about 2: 30 p.m. on Monday, June 26, 2016. The fire was extinguished and there were no reports of injuries to the occupants of the house or other properties in the area. However, the incident caused significant damage to a large portion of a home on the north side of Newport, north of Interstate 5.
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Originally reported as a combined fire in Cold Springs, the Pearl Hill fire started in the early hours of June 5. The fire is said to have been extremely destructive, with more than 1,000 hectares of fire damage and total damage of $1.5 million. The wildfire occurred in the Spokane area, where residents had to be evacuated because of the fire.
Exactly one month after the Ellensburg fire, the building, then known as Spokane Falls, fell under a fire attack. The falls burned to the ground when it was over several hours later, and supplies were laid out for those left inside by train, as Seattle had recently been devastated. Both the Seattle and Ellenburg fires occurred in the early hours of June 5, just days apart, but the larger fire devastated a much larger area of the Spokane area than the Pearl Hill fire.
The fire destroyed most of the town of Malden in Whitman County and led to the evacuation of more than 1,000 people from their homes. Electricity was cut off in both Oregon and Washington, and the flames devastated homes and businesses, as well as the city of Seattle itself, and all were without power.