August 14th, 2012
02:12 AM ET

Wildfire threatens 100 homes in Washington state

A wildfire in Washington has firefighters calling for backup and forced evacuations in an area in the central part of the state.

The blaze, that started Monday afternoon, has scorched about 800 acres and threatens some 100 homes, the Washington State Patrol said

Authorities have started evacuations and asked state firefighters to assist local departments in extinguishing the fire, according to the State Patrol.

The blaze is located near the city of Cle Elum in Kittitas county, an area about 80 miles southeast of Seattle.

It is unclear what caused the fire.

One home was burned in the blaze, CNN affiliate KIRO-TV reported.


Filed under: U.S. • Weather
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Rascal Rabble

    nature, forest animals, and trees are rebelling...displacing modern civilization from its habitat...time for humans to sit hindleg, looking far-off, blinking, wondering where their homes went...

    August 14, 2012 at 4:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Light another up

      Whoa, it's sort of like rise of the machines in the terminator series, except the forest creatures are the good guys and humans are the terminator! Imagine a bunch of rabbits forming an insurgent cell and infiltrating the objective unbeknownst to the evil humans, and igniting us! I won't be able to sleep tonight.

      August 14, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • duckforcover

      A lot of the people losing their homes are farmers and ranchers who have cared for the land and wildlife for generations. Things were going pretty well until the city-slickers decided to move in. I certainly hope you're not going to expect compassion when your karma kicks in.

      August 14, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. foul relish

    Sorry to be callous, but mother nature repeats itself (ie: hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes), same places same timesevery year. move out.

    August 14, 2012 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. nnhead

    25 – 30 homes were destroyed ...

    August 14, 2012 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  4. nnhead

    The Talyor Bridge Fire (as of Aug 14 2012) is at 27,000 arces (40 square miles) and 60 plus structures have been lost.

    August 14, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    @ nnhead, Where is Taylor Bridge?

    August 14, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  6. nnhead

    Chrissy – check the iReport section

    August 14, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  7. I am the Walrus

    This is gonna happen a lot with this drought! You're gonna hear a whole lot more stories like this as the summer-fall goes on. 🙁

    August 14, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    This stinks.
    Walrus is right; we're going to hear a lot of this in the coming months.

    August 14, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |