ELLENSBURG, Wash. (AP) – A fast-moving wildfire fanned by strong winds burned at least three homes and forced the evacuation of about 200 others late Friday in the eastern foothills of the Cascades.

The fire was reported Friday afternoon near Interstate 90 and grew to 200 acres in just a few hours. By early evening, five structures had burned – including at least three homes, said Kittitas County Undersheriff Clayton Myers. No injuries were reported.

Helicopters were dropping water and planes were dropping fire retardant around the edges of two housing developments.

Earlier in the day, authorities in central Washington ordered the evacuation of 100 homes after a wildfire near Lake Chelan grew to 10,000 acres in 24 hours. No structures were burned Friday and no injuries were reported, fire officials said.

The lightning-sparked fire, which began Monday, burned only 145 acres as of Thursday before raging across grassy hillsides, brush and trees.

The blaze is one of three that were being fought jointly by 625 firefighters. One of those wildfires has burned 15,500 acres, fire officials said.

Meanwhile, in Oregon, high winds fanned a wildfire burning near the Warm Springs Indian Reservation to 11,000 acres. The blaze was 40 percent contained, and no homes were threatened, officials said.

In Nevada, a wildfire started by a truck crash in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest was 70 percent contained Friday. The fire blackened 290 acres on steep mountain slopes about 35 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

No structures burned, but five firefighters suffered minor injuries and 15 homes were evacuated, along with a Girl Scout camp and a youth correctional facility.

Many residents in the 350-home Kyle Canyon community left voluntarily.


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