ENTIAT, Wash. – Several hundred firefighters are working to contain a fire that has burned grass and brush across 28 square miles in central Washington.
The fire in Chelan County near Entiat has threatened more than 200 homes and damaged a few structures.
A spokesman for fire operations, Laurie Dowie, said Friday that residents of about 40 homes have been told to evacuate.
Weekend forecasts call for a prolonged heat wave with temperature forecasts in the triple digits in the inland Northwest, fueling fire concerns.
Another fire that burned about 1 ½ square miles near Spokane, near Ford in Stevens County, stopped growing overnight.
A spokesman for firefighters there, Chuck Turley, says firefighters hope flames don't flare up again during hot, dry conditions expected over the weekend.