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Fire season drags on in West; evacuations ordered

5:47 PM, Sep 10, 2012   |    comments
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WENATCHEE, Washington - Crews worked to protect homes from a lightning-sparked blaze in central Washington, one of many wildfires burning throughout the West as a destructive fire season stretches into September with no relief expected from the weather anytime soon.

Winds and temperatures remain high in parts of the region, worrying officials who hope cooler temperatures and moisture will eventually tamp down the threat.

The National Weather service issued red-flag warnings for wide swaths of eastern Washington and Oregon, Idaho, Montana and all of Wyoming, meaning conditions could exacerbate blazes.

Fires have scorched more than 8.1 million acres across the West so far in 2012, up from the 10-year average of 6.1 million. Fire officials would like to have a wet fall, but that's not in the weather forecast for the near future.

SHANNON DININNY, Associated Press

The Associated Press

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