Fresh wildfires gain ground in Washington

PORTLAND, Ore. - A handful of new wildfires, some started by lightning, are growing dramatically in central Washington, and several are threatening homes even as firefighters make progress against a destructive Oregon blaze.

Washington state transportation officials say a brush fire that jumped containment lines Tuesday night temporarily closed a 20-mile stretch of Interstate 90 in the central part of the state.

State fire assistance has been ordered for the Stokes Road fire, burning in north-central Washington's Methow Valley. Spokesman Jacob McCann says that fire has grown to 600 acres. Residents of seven homes were told to leave.

Another fire 10 miles north of Leavenworth quickly raced across 200 to 500 acres in heavy timber. Homes are threatened there too.

In southern Oregon, fire spokeswoman Erica Hupp says winds forced the Moccasin Hill fire back on itself, keeping it from breaking out of an area where crews were digging containment lines.

That fire claimed six houses when it broke out Sunday.