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Washington state wildfire destroys homes as hundreds flee

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A wildfire fueled by high temperatures and strong winds roared into a Washington state neighborhood, destroying residences and forcing residents of several hundred homes to flee, authorities said Monday.

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In this Sunday, June 28, 2015 photo provided by The Wenatchee World, a Chelan County Sheriff's deputy races to check that all residents have left their home as flames approach houses at Quail Hollow Lane in Wenatchee, Wash. A wildfire fueled by high temperatures and strong winds roared into the central Washington neighborhood, destroying properties and forcing residents of several hundred homes to flee, authorities said Monday. (Don Seabrook/The Wenatchee World via AP)

The blaze ignited in brush Sunday afternoon and still was burning out of control, said Rich Magnussen, a spokesman for the Chelan County Emergency Management office.

 
In this Sunday, June 28, 2015 photo provided by The Wenatchee World, Forest Service fire fighters from Leavenworth watch as a house burns in northern Wenatchee, Wash. A wildfire fueled by high temperatures and strong winds roared into a central Washington neighborhood, destroying properties and forcing residents of several hundred homes to flee, authorities said Monday. (Don Seabrook/The Wenatchee Worldvia AP)

Officials hoped rain falling early Monday would help crews get a handle on the flames in Wenatchee, about 120 miles (193 kilometers) east ofSeattle, Washington State Patrol Trooper Darren Wright said.


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“We know the fire has grown overnight, and we lost several more structures,” Wright said Monday.

Officials previously said at least a dozen structures — mainly houses — were destroyed. There have been no immediate reports of injuries.

Railroad traffic in the area has been shut down, including freight lines and Amtrak's daily Chicago to Seattle route, BNSF Railway spokesmanGus Melonas said.


In this Sunday, June 28, 2015 photo provided by The Wenatchee World, U.S. Forest Service fire fighters from Leavenworth cut brush near houses in northern Wenatchee, Wash. A wildfire fueled by high temperatures and strong winds roared into a central Washington neighborhood, destroying properties and forcing residents of several hundred homes to flee, authorities said Monday. (Don Seabrook/The Wenatchee World via AP)

Hundreds of firefighters were on the scene and more headed there.

Seavey and Bonnell reported from Phoenix.

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