Wash. officials warn about unhealthy air from fire
Saturday, September 10, 2011
GOLDENDALE, Wash. (AP) -- Firefighters are making progress against a Washington state wildfire that has destroyed more than 100 structures near Satus Pass. Still, health authorities warned residents in Eastern Washington about poor air quality Monday as a result of the fire.
Fire incident spokesman Dale Warriner said Monday night the fire burning about 10 miles north of Goldendale in south-central Washington was 70 percent contained, despite hot, dry weather in the region. He says a new GPS assessment puts the area burned since last Wednesday at more than 5 12 square miles, or about 3,600 acres. More than 100 structures have burned in the fire, which started along U.S. Highway 97. They include 18 homes, five cabins, 56 outbuildings and one bridge.