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Washington Fire Stable; More Storms Expected

Updated: 07/14/2014 6:37 PM
Created: 07/12/2014 9:00 AM WDIO.com

ENTIAT, Wash. (AP) - A wildfire burning in central Washington hasn't grown much, despite scorching temperatures in the region.

Fire officials say the Mills Canyon fire remains at about 35 square miles and about 25 percent contained.

Temperatures climbed above 100 degrees in central Washington today. But winds have been mild, and firefighters have kept the blaze from expanding.

Crews strengthened containment lines around the fire near Entiat, but officials are worried about the potential for dry lightning and wind to kick up the blaze.

The National Weather Service says more thunderstorms are expected in the area this evening.

Residents of three dozen homes have been told to evacuate. Officials notified residents of about 500 other homes to watch fire updates and be prepared to leave if necessary.

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Smoke rises from the area of a wildfire near Entiat, Wash., Friday. Several hundred firefighters worked Friday to contain the fire that has burned grass and brush across nearly 30 square miles in central Washington.
AP Photo/Rachel La Corte

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