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    TOPPENISH, Wash. (AP) - Firefighters battled a 7,000-acre brush
    fire burning Sunday southwest of here on the Yakama Reservation,
    officials said.
    About 50 firefighters worked to draw lines around the
    two-day-old fire and a helicopter from Olympia was called to drop
    water on the blaze, said Edwin Lewis, forest manager for the Bureau
    of Indian Affairs, which is leading the control effort.
    By mid-afternoon Sunday, the fire had moved across Toppenish
    Ridge and along Dry Creek. Rough terrain and the fire's remote
    location were hindering efforts, Lewis said.
    The fire was about 50 percent contained, with no reported
    injuries or structural damage. He said crews would likely continue
    working through the evening to contain the fire.
    "This is just an indication of the beginning of fire season
    arriving here on the Yakama Reservation," Lewis said, adding that
    an investigation into the cause of the fire was continuing.
    The Yakima County fire department first responded to the
    Pumphouse fire around 2 p.m. Saturday, when temperatures in the
    area had reached 103 and eventually peaked at 105.
    Authorities at first estimated the fire at about 3,000 acres,
    but dry grass and sage brush combined with high winds fed the blaze
    and allowed it to grow to about 7,000 acres, Lewis said.
    The fire was named for Pumphouse Road, which is the nearest road
    to the blaze.

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    Arrow Chelan, WA

    July 17th CHELAN, Wash. (AP) - Fire crews were reinforced Wednesday at a
    wildfire on the north shore of Lake Chelan as increasing humidity
    and calm winds helped in the fight.
    The Deer Point fire earlier burned a garage and had threatened
    12 other buildings, mostly vacation cabins accessible only by boat,
    but those cabins were considered safe Wednesday night, said fire
    spokesman Dan Barth.
    The fire ballooned from 125 acres late Tuesday to nearly 3,500
    Wednesday, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests spokeswoman Robin
    DeMario said earlier.
    Crews worked to flank the fire, which started late Monday from
    an unattended campfire outside a campground about 27 miles
    northwest of the town of Chelan, DeMario said. Fire lines had been
    constructed around 6 percent of the blaze.
    The fire was about 11 miles northwest of Manson but posed no
    immediate threat to the rural community of about 3,200 people, she
    said.
    About 200 people fought the fire Wednesday night but no
    overnight shift was planned, Barth said.
    "The fire has remained fairly stable this evening," Barth
    said, adding "the east side is fairly cool. The west side still
    has some hot pockets."
    It was burning in grass, brush and some heavily timbered areas
    that burned about 80 years ago.
    Winds were light and increased humidity Wednesday night - about
    30 percent - was helpful, Barth said.
    The garage burned Tuesday, but firefighters lit backfires to
    protect the other structures and doused them with lake water.
    A firefighter suffered a knee injury Wednesday, but no one else
    was hurt, spokesman Nick Mickel said.


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