Strong Winds Kick up Pacific Northwest Wildfires

September 9, 2020

Hurricane-force winds and high temperatures kicked up wildfires across parts of the Pacific Northwest over the Labor Day weekend, burning hundreds of thousands of acres and mostly destroying the small town of Malden in eastern Washington.

“Today alone, almost 300,000 acres in Washington have burned,” Washington Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz tweeted on Monday evening.

“Thousands of homes are without power. Many families have had to evacuate their homes and many homes have been lost,” Franz wrote. “We’re still seeing new fire starts in every corner of the state.”

New wildfires sprang up quickly across eastern Washington, threatening homes from Bridgeport to Spokane, officials said. There were no reports of any deaths.

High winds also kicked up dust that closed a portion of Interstate 90 and other highways in the state.

In Oregon, the Lionshead Fire grew to 25 square miles as of Monday and the Beachie Creek Fire reached 500 acres as fire officials prepare for high winds and dangerous conditions across both wildfires late Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the Statesman Journal.

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