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Crews battle fire near Goldendale

Goldendale, WA - Fire officials say they are starting to get control over a large wildfire burning near Goldendale, Wash., on top of Satus Pass.
   Spokesman Randy Shepard of the interagency fire management team says the fire has grown to almost 32 square miles, but it is now about 25 percent contained. He says weather conditions are favorable for more progress on Monday.
   He says fire officials are confident they will have a line around the fire within the next few days.
   The fire covered about 27 square miles on Sunday and has been growing to the east through rough terrain. It's about 7 miles from the small town of Bickleton, but Shepard says fire officials do not expect the fire to get near the village.
   Highway 97 is still closed between Goldendale and Toppenish and will remain closed as long as necessary for safety reasons.
   About 1,200 people are fighting the fire. A few more homes have been added to the evacuation notices but no structures have been destroyed. The fire threatens about 144 structures, including about 70 residences.