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Jul 19, 2010 8:28 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Washington state fire burns 3 homes, endangers others

A wildfire in central Washington has covered parts of nearby Yakima in smoke, destroyed at least three homes and threatened others while growing to 10,000 acres.

The fire started Sunday afternoon about 10 miles west of the city's downtown. Blustery winds began to ease somewhat late yesterday, giving firefighters a change to work at gaining some ground on the blaze. But earlier strong gusts blew the fire across a sagebrush-covered ridge toward an area of about 100 homes.

Richard Andring of the state's Department of Natural Resources says three homes and several outbuildings, including small barns and sheds, were destroyed by the flames.

Numerous homes were evacuated as firefighters went door-to-door to help residents leave.

Officials say dozens of homes are still threatened.

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