Archive for Sunday, August 27, 2006

Wildfire prompts evacuation orders

August 27, 2006

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— Tourists and cabin owners were ordered to evacuate Saturday from the perimeter of a wildfire in southeast Washington state.

Many of the evacuated tourists had gathered to take pictures of a DC-10 airplane that could carry as much as 12,000 gallons of fire retardant on one run - eight times as much as anything else.

"There are a lot of tourists out there," fire spokesman Virgil Mink said. "People like to see what we do."

By nightfall, the fire had charred nearly 110 square miles, fire spokesman Charlie Armiger said. It was about 10 percent contained, Mink said.

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