Wind-Whipped Fire Threatens Historic Mission

OMAK, Wash. (October 3, 2012)--A new wind-driven wildfire was threatening the historic St. Mary's Mission and school Wednesday near Omak in north-central Washington State, officials said.

KREM-TV reported that the fire, which broke out Tuesday afternoon, had burned across roughly 1,000 acres of sagebrush and grass by Tuesday night.

The station says some students at the Paschal Sherman Indian School have been evacuated.

Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers says winds peaked at about 40 miles per hour Tuesday evening.

Ike Cawston of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation told The Wenatchee World that more than 75 firefighters from nearby agencies and the Washington state Department of Natural Resources were working to build fire lines and protect structures.

The fire has been burning near State Highway 155.

The cause is under investigation.


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