- Associated Press - Saturday, May 14, 2016

GOLD BAR, Wash. (AP) - A fire official says rain and cooler weather are helping crews tackled two wildfires burning in east Snohomish County and near the town of Oso.

A spokesman with the Department of Natural Resources, Joe Smillie, said a fire burning in steep terrain on U.S. Forest Service land near Gold Bar has charred about 325 acres. That blaze was about 10 percent contained as of Saturday afternoon.

Residents of about a dozen homes have been told to be set to leave, while residents in another 100 homes have been told to be ready.

Smillie says a 130-acre wildfire burning near Oso, about 70 miles northeast of Seattle, is about 20 percent contained as of Saturday afternoon. That fire began Thursday in a logging area and is burning in steep terrain.

No structures have been destroyed and no injuries have been reported in either wildfire. The causes are still under investigation.


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