Washington state wildfire burns 64 buildings
Thursday, September 8, 2011
GOLDENDALE, Wash. (AP) -- More than 200 residents of tinder-dry forests near Washington state's Satus Pass have crowded a high school gymnasium to get an update on a wildfire that has burned 64 structures. Hundreds of people in the south-central part of the state have been evacuated. Several at Friday night's meeting talked about losing their homes.
Monte Isaacs says he saw firefighters who said they were there to protect buildings but the 61-year-old man still watched his home burn. He says he spent 20 years building his two-story cabin out of salvage lumber.
Fire incident commander Dave LaFave says crews are using GPS coordinates to determine how many burned structures are homes and how many are outbuildings.
The fire was 20 percent contained Friday. It has burned more than 6 square miles.