Wildfires Spread in Washington State, Forcing Hundreds to Flee

A cluster of fires spread quickly around Spokane.

— -- Hot and windy conditions helped a cluster of wildfires to spread around Spokane, Washington, on Sunday, torching several homes and forcing hundreds of people to flee.

The Spokane complex fire, composed of several blazes, progressed quickly on Sunday afternoon and continued to challenge firefighters who worked through the night.

Authorities put out multiple alerts on social media urging residents to prepare to evacuate.

The wildfires quickly gained ground and were burning out of control, authorities told KIRO 7, an ABC affiliate in Seattle, prompting the mandatory evacuation of hundreds of residents.

Multiple homes have been destroyed as the blazes have consumed nearly 7 square miles, The Associated Press reported.

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