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State of emergency declared as crews battle wildfire

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The governor of Washington has declared a wildfire emergency, putting the National Guard on alert.Governor Christine Gregoire (GREG’-wahr) says her state’s facing a siege of wildfires. The worst has blackened 42-thousand acres in southeastern Washington and is about 40-percent contained.

It’s burning toward cabins in the Umatilla (yoo-muh-TIHL’-ah) National Forest. Dozens of homes and outbuildings have been burned.

In western Montana, three firefighters who got caught in a fast moving blaze were saved by their emergency fire shelters. The fire information officer says the tents did what they’re supposed to and there are three people alive because of it.

The fire in western Montana more than doubled in size Thursday and is estimated at upward of eight-thousand acres.

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