- Associated Press - Monday, September 14, 2015

WISHRAM, Wash. (AP) - Officials say a fast-moving grass fire that began Sunday afternoon in south-central Klickitat County has charred about 13 square miles.

The Klickitat County Emergency Management said Monday that no homes have been lost, but an unknown number of outbuildings were burned or damaged. Crews are trying to assess the extent of damage.

By Monday evening, the Horsethief Butte fire had burned about 8,500 acres and was about 70 percent contained. No injuries have been reported.

On Sunday, more than 300 people were told to leave the area immediately as the fire spread toward the small town of Wishram on the Columbia River. But the Klickitat County Sheriff’s office later reduced those evacuation notices to a level one, which tells residents to be ready to go.

Emergency Management says all evacuation orders are to be lifted by Monday evening.



State fire investigators are trying to determine the cause of the fire.

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