A 300-acre wildfire in the eastern Cascade foothills in Washington state has burned three homes, all in Kittitas County. At least 200 additional homes - most seasonal cabins - in that area were evacuated.
An evacuation shelter was set up at Thorp High School.
Meanwhile, another wildfire near Chelan, Washington, quadrupled in size Thursday night, prompting the evacuation of over 55 homes.
High winds helped the Deep Harbor fire spread dramatically overnight, causing it to grow quickly from 2,300 acres Thursday to 10,000 acres on Friday morning. "The fire made some significant runs last night,," said Mary Huels, fire information officer for the Pot Peak - Sisi Ridge Fire Complex.
Only a dock and picnic pavilion have been lost to the Deep Harbor wildfire so far, but high winds are pushing it toward some residential areas. The evacuated homes are in the Fields Point community by Lake Chelan, some 25 miles northwest of the town of Chelan.
High winds were the cause of the fire's dramatic growth Thursday night, and weather conditions are not expected to improve much for the weekend.
"We expect continuing winds, dry conditions, and low humidity for the weekend, and that's not the best for fire-fighting," said Huels.
The Deep Harbor blaze is part of the Pot Peak - Sisi Ridge wildfire complex of four wildfires. The Pot Peak fire alone has already burned over 15,000 acres across the Wenatchee-Okanogan National Forest in central Washington.
Lightning sparked both the Deep Harbor and Pot Peak fires.
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