Hundreds told to evacuate because of central Washington fire

Authorities say more than 200 people have been urged to leave their homes as a fast-growing grass fire burns in central Washington.

The Chelan County Emergency Management office says the fire Sunday has damaged or destroyed at least nine structures.

The office says the evacuations are occurring at the north end of Wenachee, and included are both a Walmart and a Sav-Mart store.

Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources to assist local crews battling the Sleepy Hollow Fire, which began Sunday afternoon.

News reports say the blaze had grown to about 2.6 square miles Sunday night and an emergency shelter has been opened in a high school for people who had evacuated the area.

Officials say that there have been no reports of injury.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.