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Wildfire in Washington state prompts mandatory evacuations

Residents of the town of Smyra were ordered to evacuate Tuesday.

Posted: Jun 5, 2019 7:06 AM
Updated: Jun 5, 2019 7:10 AM

BEVERLY, Wash. (AP) - A fast-moving wildfire in central Washington state has grown to 7.8 square miles, prompting the Grant County Sheriff's Office to order residents of the town of Smyrna to evacuate.

The wildfire is near Wanapum Dam, and is spreading quickly in dry grass and sage lands on Tuesday.

The sheriff's office issued the mandatory evacuation notice in Smyrna on Tuesday morning.

The sheriff's office also told residents of the communities of Beverly, Schawana and Wanapum Village to be ready to move at a moment's notice.

Officials said no homes have been consumed by the fire.

There are some power outages in areas.

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