Washington state wildfire victims return to burned homes
(AP) — Tom Bryant watched the central Washington state wildfire advance up a hillside toward his home, then turned to tell his wife it was time to evacuate.
Firefighters on Monday kept a close eye on the wildfire, which has burned more than 4 square miles.
At his home, Bryant found the burned remains of his vintage Shelby Mustang GT 500 sports car, buried in ash amid the devastation.
The state Emergency Management agency authorized state assistance to fight that fire, which reportedly has burned more than 3 square miles.
With the wind blowing away from us, it was like we were watching a natural disaster within arm's reach," he said, calling the speed of the blaze "just mind-blowing.
Sweltering heat above 100 degrees, tinder-dry brush and strong winds helped fuel the flames.
Evacuations were mainly in the north end of town and included a Wal-Mart store, the Chelan County Emergency Management office said.
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