A wildfire burns behind a home on Twisp River Road, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015 in Twisp, Wash. Authorities on Wednesday afternoon urged people in the north-central Washington town to evacuate because of a fast-moving wildfire. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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The casualties came Wednesday as firefighters on several fronts fought against raging wildfires advancing on towns in the north-central part of the state.A larger group of fires burning to the east covered about 50 square miles (130 sq. kilometers) and prompted the evacuation of Conconully, home to about 200 people.To the south, more than 1,100 firefighters were combatting a fire that topped 108 square miles (280 sq. kilometers)and was still threatening the resort town of Chelan.Nearly 29,000 firefighters are battling some 100 large blazes across the West, including in Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Washington and California.
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