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Aug 15, 2012 1:43 AM

Wildfire burns 70 homes in Wash. as blazes rage across West; fire 10 percent contained

CLE ELUM, WA (AP) - A fire commander says a wildfire that has destroyed at least 70 homes and burned across more than 40 square miles on the east slope of Washington's Cascade Mountains is 10 percent contained.

Incident commander Rex Reed said Tuesday night that containment line was built around the southeast corner of the Taylor Bridge Fire.

In addition to the homes, Reed estimates several hundred outbuildings have burned. At least 900 people have been evacuated as the fire burns in grassland, timber and sagebrush east of Cle Elum. No injuries have been reported.

Reed says firefighters are trying to keep the blaze out of heavy timber to the north.

The fire started Monday at a bridge construction site.

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