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Brushfire near Wenatchee destroys 2 structures, dozens evacuated

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Don Seabrook/Wenatchee World

Malaga – Two structures were destroyed after a small brusfire rapidly transforms into a wildfire. A vacant double wide trailer was scorched and firefighters were unsure what the second structure was as of Saturday night. About 60 people have been evacuated from the town of Malaga, which is 15 miles South of Wenatchee.

Malaga Alcoa Highway was blocked off to traffic as more than 100 firefighters battled the 2000 acre brush fire raging out of control. As of Saturday night it was 0% contained.

That was scary news for residents who have everything to lose.

Cheryl Keeley says the brush fire started close to her father’s home around 8:30 a.m. By early afternoon, the fire was just 50 yards from her father’s home.

“They are pumping water from his swimming pool to fight the fire,” said Keeley.

Most of the residents who were evacuated are staying with friends and family but the Red Cross has set up a shelter at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Wenatchee.

So far no residents have been hurt but two firefighter suffered minor injuries.

Colockum Road and Kingsbury Road are among the areas evacuated.

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