Wildfire burns 9 homes in Washington state

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Posted: Sep 10, 2011 9:08 PM
Wildfire burns 9 homes in Washington state

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Over 700 firefighters battled to contain a wildfire on Saturday that torched nine homes and led to the evacuation of several hundred people in south Washington state.

The Monastery Fire burned through more 4,250 acres of ponderosa pine and brush northeast of the town of Goldendale, razing 64 buildings, including nine homes, the fire incident team said.

The blaze, which started on Wednesday afternoon in an area near the Brooks Memorial State Park, was roughly 20 percent contained by Saturday afternoon, team spokesman Guy Gifford said.

"It's currently staying within the fire perimeter, so things are going well from the firefighting standpoint," Gifford told Reuters by telephone.

Gifford said around 200 homes had been evacuated. Some residents were expected to be allowed home late on Saturday, he said.

(Reporting by Tim Gaynor; Editing by Eric Johnson)