More firefighters heading to Washington wildfire

September 10, 2011 - 12:10 PM
Wash Wildfires

Sister Ephraimia, a Greek Orthodox nun, shovels dirt onto small flames near Goldendale, Wash. on Thursday Sept. 8, 2011. The sister and other nuns helped firefighters battle a wildfire that threatened their monastery and has burned several homes. (AP Photo/Shannon Dininny)

GOLDENDALE, Wash. (AP) — Fire officials say more firefighters are joining the more than 550 already battling a wildfire in the tinder-dry forests near Washington state's Satus Pass.

Fire incident spokesman Dale Warriner says the fire is holding at about 4,200 acres with crews containing about 20 percent of it.

The blaze has burned 64 buildings. Officials can confirm nine of those structures are homes. Seventy-five homes have been evacuated.

Warriner says crews will spend Saturday protecting structures and working on containment. They will be joined by helicopters.

The weather is forecast to continue to be dry and hot over the weekend.

The fire started Wednesday along U.S. Highway 97 across the street from a Greek Orthodox monastery. The highway was reopened Saturday.