Wildfire in central Washington grasslands grows to 74 square miles
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A wildfire burning in dry grasslands in a lowly populated part of central Washington state grew dramatically early Thursday, driven by hot weather and gusty winds, while firefighters gained ground on two smaller fires. The fire burning northwest of the town of Quincy increased in size from 16 square miles on Wednesday to 74 square miles on Thursday, the state Department of Natural Resources said. It was being fought by 275 firefighters, who had it 20 percent contained.