According to a recent report, tragically at least 12 structures have been lost due to a fast moving fire in the Sleepy Hollow area of Washington State. The weather has been hot (in the 100's) and dry with extremely low humidity and gusty winds that contributed to the intensity of the wildfire. According to a K5 news report, At Least 12 Homes Lost in Wenatchee Fire, "State fire assistance was mobilized Sunday night to fight a fast moving brush fire in Wenatchee. All of north Wenatchee from Maple Street north to the river was evacuated Sunday night. At least a dozen homes were lost.” According to reports a fire also started in a cardboard recycling plant.
The Chelan Emergency Management has updated information about evacuations on their Facebook page.
The fire has grown to over 1,700 acres. The fire is reported to be burning within the city limits as of Sunday evening. According to the Fox 13 report, "The sheriff’s office said an evacuation center that was originally set up at the 7th Day Adventist School has been moved to Eastmont High School at 955 3rd Street NE in East Wenatchee. The fairgrounds were open for livestock."
There has been concern by Washington State officials about the wildfire potential. According to a CNN news report, "Last week Gov. Jay Inslee issued an emergency proclamation, saying the state was under extreme wildfire risk. 'The fire danger now is unlike any we've seen in a long time if ever,' he said. 'We need to be prepared for the possibility of an unprecedented fire season."
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