Nakia Creek Fire explodes amid powerful winds, forcing thousands of evacuations in Washington State.
— When the winds calmed, firefighters quickly were able to make their way back to a house located about 2 miles from the area of the fire burning near Nakia, Wash., northwest of Seattle, and are now helping to contain the blaze, while firefighters race for an evacuation order due to gusts that are predicted to get up to 40 miles per hour.
A total of six homes were destroyed in the fire, fire officials said, which is still growing in size.
The fire is considered “potentially catastrophic,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Fuchs with the National Weather Service in Seattle.
“It is starting to get very destructive and fast,” Fuchs said.
As an emergency, it is already the most destructive in the state’s history so far, Fuchs added, surpassing the 2003 Cedar fire, which destroyed more than 1,000 homes in northeast Seattle on Oct. 7, 2003.
The National Weather Service said the area of the latest fire is a “dangerous fire area” that could reach as high as 30,000-foot in elevation if the fire doesn’t get containment.
The weather service is providing a high wind warning for the Seattle, Tacoma and Everett areas.
A large fire has burned in Lake County, Oregon for at least three days. Crews are working to douse a wildfire that’s been burning for weeks near Mount Shasta and have a containment line as high as 40,000 feet.
Firefighters in western Oregon are battling a fire that appears to have burned about 50 acres, with heavy lightning involved and multiple fires burning.
On Sunday morning, firefighters were monitoring and attempting to extinguish another wildfire burning in Shasta County.
A large wildfire has burned in Shasta County, burning and threatening homes and other structures. (Photo: Washington State Department of Natural Resources/Flickr)
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