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    CHELAN, Wash. (AP) - Firefighters on Sunday said they had
    contained a fire that had forced the evacuation of 20 homes and
    several cabins east of Chelan.
    "The weather was cooperative, and our lines held through the
    wind we experienced last night," said fire information officer
    Annie Larsen. "We had a very good day today."
    The Deer Mountain fire has scorched some 2,280 acres. Cagle
    Gulch-area residents were allowed to return to their homes Sunday.
    Many of the 300 firefighters on duty were expected to be sent
    home Monday, Larsen said.
    Several roads in the area remained closed due to high fire
    danger.

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    NACHES, Wash. (AP) - Arson is suspected in about 20 wildfires,
    most of them started in the last two weeks, east of Mount Rainier,
    federal authorities said Friday.
    "It's just a matter of time - if it continues, we'll have a
    major disaster," said Sonny O'Neal, supervisor for the Okanagon
    and Wenatchee national forests.
    The largest of the wildfires, the 2,286-acre Oak Creek II fire,
    burned to within a mile of Tieton Middle School, 15 miles west of
    Yakima, before it was contained Aug. 16. There were no injuries or
    structures damaged in any of the blazes.
    All of the fires have been in Yakima and Kittitas counties, and
    most of them have been in drainages along Washington 410, the
    east-west route across Chinook Pass, and U.S. 12, the east-west
    route across White Pass.
    The suspicious fires probably date back about a month, but most
    have occurred in the last two weeks, said Paul Hart, a spokesman
    for the two national forests in central Washington.
    As many as 12 fires appear to have been set in a single day,
    often in areas where people would not typically go, said Gary
    Berndt, a state Department of Natural Resources assistant regional
    manager for resource protection in Ellensburg.
    Most have been set in the late evening or early morning,
    possibly with a cigarette lighter or other flaming material, Berndt
    and O'Neal said.
    Two fires were started Friday. Both were snuffed quickly,
    burning less than an acre, as has been the case with most of the
    other fires.
    Arson is suspected in some of the largest fires in the West this
    year. A Forest Service employee was charged with arson in the
    biggest wildfire in Colorado history. She has been fired.
    In New Mexico, a federal Bureau of Indian Affairs forestry
    technician has been indicted in six fires started on or near the
    Mescalero Apache Reservation.
    In Arizona, a contract firefighter is accused of starting a fire
    in dry grass on the Fort Apache Reservation that would merge with
    another blaze to become the largest wildfire in the state's
    history.
    All three people have pleaded innocent to the charges.
    Investigators believe one or possibly two people may be
    responsible for the central Washington fires, and the possibility
    that it could be a firefighter has not been ruled out, O'Neal said.
    "We always think about that," he said.
    An arson prevention task force has been formed to investigate
    the wildfires in Washington. Members include representatives of the
    DNR, the Forest Service, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the National
    Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management.
    A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information
    leading to the arrest and conviction in the fires, and a telephone
    has been set up.
    "Our main objective is to get it stopped," O'Neal said.
    The cost of fighting the central Washington fires has been about
    $1 million, including about $700,000 for fighting the Oak Creek II
    fire.
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    Eds: The hotline number is 800-55ARSON.

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