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Wildfire erupts near Yakima

By SHANNON DININNY | Associated Press Writer • Published July 18, 2010

COWICHE, Wash. – Fire officials say a wildfire in central Washington state has destroyed at least one home, several outbuildings and is threatening more homes.

The fire, about 10 miles west of Yakima, started Sunday afternoon.

Heavy winds were pushing the blaze toward an unknown number of homes.

The fire was burning on an estimated 3,000 acres and had sent a big plume of smoke over Yakima.

One fire engine was burned.

Three firefighters were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries, mostly smoke inhalation.

Firefighters are going door to door evacuating residents.

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