Wildfire in central Wash. state destroys 40 homes

August 14, 2012
This Aug. 11, 2012 photo provided by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management shows the Holloway Fire outside Denio, Nev., which has burned more than 525 square miles of remote rangeland straddling the Oregon-Nevada border. Fire bosses hoped to have the fire contained by Thursday. A woman firefighter received minor burns and smoke inhalation Sunday when she took refuge in her fire shelter after swirling winds pushed flames through an area about 30 miles east of Fields, Ore., where she was part of a federal fire crew digging containment line with hand tools. (AP Photo/U.S. Bureau of Land Management)

CLE ELUM, Wash. (AP) — A state fire spokesman says a fast-moving wildfire has burned 40 homes in central Washington.

State Department of Natural Resources spokesman Mark Grassel says fire commanders estimate the blaze has burned at least 23 square miles since it started Monday afternoon east of the town of Cle Elum.

Fire officials say more homes are burning or under threat. So far, no injuries have been reported.

Grassel says the fire crept within about six miles of Ellensburg. Crews stopped its forward movement, although it is not contained.

The Kittitas County sheriff's office warned those in the fire's path to evacuate.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.