Washington State fire grows by 100 miles since Friday
A series of wildfires in north-central Washington that left three firefighters dead has grown by more than 100 square miles, but officials hope easing winds forecast for Saturday will allow them to gain the upper hand.
Fire officials say the Okanogan Complex of wildfires was measured at 355 square miles Saturday, about 100 miles larger than on Friday.
Thousands of people remained under evacuation orders as strong winds drove flames across parched ground.
Resources were so strained that Saturday, fire officials planned to provide basic fire training to about 200 volunteers who have machinery like backhoes and bulldozers so they can use them to help dig fire lines.