Wildfire threatens homes near Malaga

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Updated: August 12, 2013, 9:41 AM

 

MALAGA — A wildfire that was started by lightning Friday burned more than eight square miles of grass over the weekend near Malaga, which is about eight miles south of Wenatchee above the Columbia River near the Rock Island Dam.

Fire managers say it threatens a power transmission line. Residents of 78 homes were told to evacuate, but spokesman Rick Isaacson told The Wenatchee World that many chose to stay. The Red Cross set up a shelter in a Wenatchee church.

Meanwhile, mudslides were a problem in the Colockum area south of Malaga. Chelan County Emergency Management said three homes may have been pushed off their foundations.

Mudslides also closed Highway 20 east of Rainy Pass on the North Cascades Highway.

Forecasters expected more thunderstorms Monday in parts of Eastern Washington.