Wildfires burn structures, menace homes in California, Oregon, Washington state

BURNEY, Calif. (AP) — Two Northern California wildfires are menacing the small town of Burney as they burn through more than 100 square miles of drought-stricken brush.

The Eiler Fire has destroyed eight homes and is threatening about 700 others. It was only 10 percent contained as of last night. The flames are within four miles, and with ash falling in the Shasta County town, Burney residents have been told to be ready to get out.

There's a chance of thunderstorms in today's forecast, and officials warn that lightning could spark new blazes.

The Eiler Fire is one of about a dozen wildfires that have burned more than 200 square miles across California.

Meanwhile, a major wildfire in the mountains along the Oregon-California border has slowed but still threatens 270 homes. Nine large fires are burning across 118 square miles of forest and rangeland in Oregon.

In Washington state, a wind-whipped fire has destroyed about a dozen structures and prompted an evacuation notice for about 80 homes in Kittitas (KIHT'-ih-tas) County.

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073-a-09-(Jeff Fontana, spokesperson, Susanville Interagency Fire Center, in AP interview)-"700 homes threatened"-Susanville Interagency Fire Center spokesman Jeff Fontana says the fire has burned eight homes, a business and a historic post office. (5 Aug 2014)

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072-a-10-(Jeff Fontana, spokesperson, Susanville Interagency Fire Center, in AP interview)-"also bring lightning"-Susanville Interagency Fire Center spokesman Jeff Fontana says it's not clear how much progress crews will make on the fires burning in the coming days. (5 Aug 2014)

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APPHOTO CAMS108: Tracy Porter, of Paradise, Calif., uses an axe to fragment a burning tree damaged by the Eiler Fire on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, in the Lassen National Park near Hat Creek, Calif. Firefighters were focusing on two wildfires near each other in Northern California that have burned through more than 100 square miles of terrain. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) (4 Aug 2014)

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APPHOTO CAMS114: A firefighter with the Anderson, Calif., Fire Protection District douses hot spots left behind by the Eiler Fire along Highway 89 on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, near Burney, Calif. Firefighters were focusing on two wildfires near each other in Northern California that have burned through more than 100 square miles of terrain. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) (4 Aug 2014)

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APPHOTO CAMS101: The Black Eagles 5 fire crew out of Porterville, Calif., walk along a road as smoke from the Eiler Fire fills the air on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, in Hat Creek, Calif. Firefighters were focusing on two wildfires near each other in Northern California that have burned through more than 100 square miles of terrain. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) (4 Aug 2014)

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