GOLDENDALE, Wash. – A new count Friday shows 64 structures have been lost in the wildfire burning near Satus Pass in south central Washington.
A spokesman for fire managers, Guy Giffords, says the aerial count doesn't show how many of those are homes. Previously they had reported nine homes and 13 other structures destroyed.
Department of Natural Resources spokesman Chuck Turley says the number of firefighters will double by Saturday to 600 as the state mobilizes resources.
The fire broke out Wednesday and has covered 5,300 acres of brush and trees. About 200 homes are evacuated. Traffic on Highway 97 at Satus Pass has been closed at times Friday by smoke and the nearby fire. A community meeting is planned Friday night at the Goldendale High School.