Waikoloa – fast-growing brush fire on the Big Island of Hawaii has forced the evacuation of nearly five-thousand people. One town’s been cut off. A community center and elementary school have been turned into evacuation shelters and a resort has opened its ballroom to evacuees. One woman says she packed up her valuables and left home because of smoke so thick it burned her eyes. Firefighters hope to contain the 25-thousand-acre fire today. About 75 families evacuated from their homes two days ago because of a wildfire in central Washington should be allowed to go home today. Dozens more, though, have been told they may have to leave. Other big fires are burning in at least nine more Western states from Alaska to Texas.
No injuries are reported. A civil defense official says the blaze hasn’t yet burned any structures but says there’s probably been some smoke damage.
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