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Washington declares a state of emergency in battle against wildfires
Washington declares a state of emergency in battle against wildfires

A state of emergency was declared in 20 eastern counties in the state of Washington after a handful of new wildfires forced evacuations and threatened more than 500 homes. In what is shaping up as an especially difficult fire season throughout the parched West, firefighters are battling numerous blazes in the Northwest. Late Tuesday night, Lt. Gov. Brad Owen, acting for Washington Gov. Jay Inslee who is on state business in Washington, D.C., signed the declaration of emergency. According to the state, the proclamation allows the use of the Washington National Guard and the State Guard if needed and directs state agencies to do "everything reasonably possible" to assist affected...

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