Wildfire devastated small Malden, Washington, post office, city hall, fire station, devastated most homes

Hurricane-force winds and high temperatures killed wildfires in parts of the Pacific Northwest over Labor Day weekend, burning thousands of acres and mostly destroying the small town of Malden in eastern Washington.

Flames destroyed nearly 80 percent of homes in Malden, Whitman County Sheriff Brett Myers told CBS spokeswoman KREM-TV. He said that fire stations, post offices, city hall and other buildings were also consumed.

“The scale of this disaster cannot really be expressed in words. The fire will be extinguished, but a community has been around for a lifetime. I hope we don’t find that the fire was more than homes and buildings. I would have prayed Am. Everyone got out of time, “Myers said in a statement.

Hillary Franz, Washington’s Commissioner of Public Lands, tweeted on Monday evening that, “Today there are nearly 300,000 acres in Washington alone.”

Franz wrote, “Thousands of homes are without electricity. Many families have had to evacuate their homes and many have lost,” we are still seeing new fires in every corner of the state. ‘

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Chard Post Office is seen in Malden, Washington after a wildfire through September 7, 2020.


Officials said new wildfires spread rapidly in eastern Washington on Monday, threatening homes from Bridgeport to Spokane. There were no reports of any deaths.

Strong winds closed a portion of Interstate 90 and other highways of the state on Monday.

In Oregon, the Lionshead Fire increased to 25 square miles by Monday and the Beechie Creek Fire reached 500 acres as fire officers prepared for high winds and dangerous conditions during both Tuesday and Wednesday wildfires, according to the Statesman Journal.

Officials said the fire could hit 75 mph on Tuesday. It is a wildfire like a storm.

“The predicted weather of the fire is extremely rare and occurs only a few times a century,” said Eric Johnson, deputy fire staff at Northwest Oregon Fire Management.

The entire Mount Jefferson Wilderness, Olalie Lake area and Opal Creek area were closed for recreation.

Fire officials overseeing the Evans Canyon Fire in Washington state issued red flag warning until 8 a.m. Monday night due to strong winds, low humidity and warm temperatures “that contribute to the rapid spread of any new or ongoing fire” Could. ”

According to the Southwest Region of the Department of Natural Resources, the valleys are forecast to increase by mid-80s by the mid-80s with winds in the north-east.

The Yakima Herald reported that about 1,000 firefighters have contested the Evans Canyon Fire with an impressive array in ground and air – at least 127 engines, 13 bulldozers, two tank-like skidgines, 21 water tenders, six choppers and two airplane. .

Accompanying them in battle through the Yakima River Valley, both are one of two specially equipped fire fighting vehicles of the BNSF Railway located in Washington.

On Monday night, Portland General Electric cut off power to about 5,000 customers living near Mt. KATU TV reported that Hood is at risk of fire due to wind and dry conditions. The forested area ranges from Highway 26 to Elder Creek and Brightwood to Government Camp.

The company said it expected it to last between 24 and 48 hours.