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Fires near Entiat continue to grow; community meetings planned

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Smoke from the Mills Canyon Complex rises over the trees near Entiat Smoke from the Mills Canyon Complex rises over the trees near Entiat

KHQ.COM - While much of the attention is focused trying to save homes within the reaches of the massive Carlton Complex Fire, a separate team of crews continues to work on the fires within the Mills Canyon complex on the banks of the Columbia River near Entiat.

Fire information officers said Friday afternoon the Mills Canyon Complex had grown to roughly 25,000 acres. The largest fire in the grouping, the Mills Canyon Fire, has burned over 22,000 acres. The Chiwaukum Creek Fire has burned more than 6,600 acres and the Kelly Mountain Fire northwest of Entiat has burned up to 80 acres.

The fires are being fueled by strong winds, hot temperatures and low humidity.

Two community briefings were scheduled Friday to inform the surrounding communities on the Chiwaukum Creek Fire. One was scheduled to be held at the Plain Community Church Friday at 6:30 p.m. in the town of Plain. A second meeting was set for Saturday night at 6:30 at Cascade High School in Leavenworth.

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