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UPDATE: Calmer Winds Help Control Washington Wildfires

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A Washington state spokesman says about 1,500 local, state and federal firefighters battling four major Eastern Washington wildfires have been helped Friday by calmer winds. Oregon fire crews were called to assist as well. Washington Department of Natural Resources spokesman Albert Kassel says he's not aware of any additional homes that have burned.

Two homes and seven outbuildings burned Thursday in northeast Washington at the Slide Creek fire near the Stevens County town of Arden. About 130 homes are still considered threatened there.

Winds that gusted to more than 40 mph Thursday whipped that blaze as well as fires near Republic in northeast Washington's Ferry County, near the Columbia River town of Lyle and near the southeast Washington town of Dayton. No injuries have been reported.

 

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