• Crews battle wildfires in Western Washington


    OLYMPIA, Wash. - Unusually warm weather and dry east winds fueled six wildfires in Western Washington over the weekend.

    The state Department of Natural Resources said its top priority is the Dog Mountain Fire in Lewis County.

    About 100 acres have burned within a perimeter of 170 acres.

    Ninety people and a helicopter worked the fire on Sunday and 75 people returned to fight the flames on Monday.

    A steep rock outcrop is making that fire challenging to extinguish. It is burning in private timber land. Some has recently been logged and other terrain has 8-year-old trees.

    The fire is about 50 percent contained.

    No structures are threatened. The cause is under investigation.

    The C-Line fire in the Capitol Forest outside Olympia is maintaining a size of about 60 acres.

    On Sunday night, fire crews were confident it would not spread much overnight.

     No structures are threatened.

    The C-Line fire, which is named for the road that bisects the Capitol Forest, is burning in the dried remnants of a clear-cut.

    The cause is under investigation.

    The DNR also reported fires in Tenino, a few others in Southwest Washington, and a small fire caused by a power line into a tree.

    Overall, the forest fire danger remains low. Green trees that retain moisture are not burning. Dry grass and brush, as well as old logging debris, have burned.

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