Hundreds of firefighters battle Washington state wildfire
Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 01:06
A wildfire in Washington state has burned across nearly 30 square miles and forced mandatory evacuations. Mana Rabiee reports.
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The Mills Canyon fire in Washington state was encroaching on hundreds of homes on Friday.
SOUNDBITE: RESIDENT TERRI TRAVIS SAYING:
"Pretty crazy. This is too close to home. So it's been scary."
It's burned nearly 30 square miles of grass and brush about 140 miles east of Seattle.
SOUNDBITE: JIM MARTIN, RESIDENT, SAYING:
"When it was coming down the hill, when I got to the bottom down here, we got the RV and we left."
Late Friday, some 40 families were told to evacuate immediately.
Some 530 other families were put on alert in case they, too, have to leave if conditions got worse.
SOUNDBITE: TAMELA BALDWIN, RESIDENT, SAYING:
"Birth certificates, personal paperwork, the normal bills and insurance papers, all the things that you would normally need."
Thunderstorms expected this weekend could bring strong gusts of wind, make things only worse.
SOUNDBITE: FIRE OFFICIAL WESLEY PAULSEN SAYING:
"Think of it like a tornado coming down right out of the air, drop it onto a fire, and blowing it out on all four sides."
The fire was about 20 percent contained late Friday.
Hundreds of firefighters are working through the weekend in temperatures soaring above 100 degrees to try to contain the blaze.
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