WENATCHEE – Crews in Central Washington and Wyoming worked Monday to protect homes from two of the many wildfires burning across 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. The National Weather Service issued red-flag warnings for wide swaths of Eastern Washington and Oregon, Idaho, Montana and all of Wyoming.
Rains that fell in the Seattle area after a 48-day dry stretch didn’t make it over the Cascade Mountains, and the forecast was for gusts that could fan the flames of dozens of blazes.
Residents of about 180 homes on the west side of Wenatchee were told to evacuate Sunday, Wenatchee police Sgt. John Kruse said.