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Jul 20, 2010 8:32 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Easing winds help crews fight Washington wildfire

Light winds are helping firefighters gain ground on a wildfire that has burned nearly 10 square miles of dry grass and sagebrush in central Washington.

Fire spokeswoman Christy Boisselle said Monday evening the fire is 35 percent contained.

Fire officials earlier said the fire that started about 10 miles west of Yakima, Wash., had burned 10,000 acres, but downgraded that number to 6,200 acres on Monday after mapping the blaze.

Boisselle says fire officials have confirmed that flames destroyed two outbuildings and damaged a vacant structure, as well as damaging fences, pumphouses and fruit trees.

The blaze started Sunday. The cause is under investigation. Three firefighters suffered minor injuries while fleeing their truck.

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