Destructive Washington wildfire balloons in size

July 18, 2014

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Fire officials say a wildfire that prompted the evacuation of a small north-central Washington town has grown substantially to about 260 square miles.

A spokesman for the Carlton Complex, Jacob McCann, said Friday that the fire "ran quite a bit" on Thursday and officials were also able to get a better handle on its size.

Authorities had last said it had burned at least 28 square miles of the scenic Methow Valley.

Authorities say the wind-whipped wildfire has already burned at least 35 homes and prompted the evacuation of the small town of Pateros in Okanogan County. A hospital in nearby Brewster was also evacuated as a precaution.

Officials say no injuries have been reported.