Washington fire holds steady; more storms expected

ENTIAT, Wash. (AP) — A wildfire burning on about 34 square miles of grass, brush and timber in central Washington did not grow on Saturday, but officials worry that storms forecast to arrive Sunday afternoon could cause explosive growth.

Fire spokesman Vladimir Steblina says the Mills Canyon Fire, burning near Entiat (EHN'-tee-aht), was 25 percent contained on Sunday morning.

Residents of several dozen homes have been told to evacuate. People living in another 500 homes have been warned to be prepared to leave, if the fire gets closer.

The National Weather Service says thunderstorms with dry lightning are expected in the area around 2 p.m.

Steblina says those storms could cause winds to start swirling around and erratic winds can cause extreme fire growth.

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