WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) - Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire has visited a firefighting camp in Wenatchee and promised more state resources to help crews working to contain wildfires burning across Eastern Washington.
Earlier Thursday, the governor signed an emergency declaration for all the state's counties east of the Cascade Mountains. Resources authorized by that proclamation include National Guard helicopters. A Chinook helicopter is able to deliver a 2,000-gallon water bucket.
The Wenatchee World reports (http://is.gd/cRTixU ) that Gregoire pledged two National Guard helicopters promptly and two more soon. She noted that the availability of firefighting resources in Washington and nearby states is extremely limited due to existing firefighting efforts. She says state Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark called her to ask for additional helicopters to help fight the fires.
Gregoire says she's "very concerned" about containing the fires that have forced several hundred people from their homes.
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