YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - Firefighters are working in hot weather and dry terrain to contain a wildfire that forced the evacuation of more than two-dozen homes in a popular recreation area in the Pacific Northwest's Columbia River Gorge.
The fire has burned across more than 2 square miles of trees and grass in south-central Washington state, about 60 miles northeast of Portland, Ore., in a rural area known among outdoors enthusiasts for its whitewater rafting, salmon fishing and wind surfing.
Residents of about 30 homes have been evacuated, said Stan Hinatsu of the U.S. Forest Service. A total of about 450 houses are threatened by the fire, and most of those residents have been told to be ready to flee if the fire heads their way.
No homes have been lost, and no injuries have been reported.