- Associated Press - Thursday, September 7, 2017

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Several large wildfires continue to burn in Washington state, but are not growing much.

A lightning-caused wildfire east of Mount Rainier National Park stood at 67.9 square miles (175 square kilometers) on Thursday and is 8 percent contained by 370 firefighters. The fire prompted the east portion of Mount Rainier to close for fear the flames would cross into the national park and threaten hikers.

A lightning-caused wildfire northwest of Cle Elum stands at 41 square miles (106 square kilometers) and is being fought by more than 800 firefighters.

The largest fire is burning in wilderness north of Mazama, and has crossed the border into Canada. It covers 164 square miles but is 65 percent contained.

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