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Jolly Mountain Fire: 154 homes evacuated near Cle Elum

CLE ELUM, Wash. -- People in about 150 homes in Central Washington have been told to evacuate because of a growing wildfire in the region.

Kittitas County escalated evacuations in the Middle Fork Teanaway area near Cle Elum to a level 3 "Go Now" evacuation.

Officials said of the 154 homes evacuated, half were primary homes and the other half were cabins and vacation homes.

The fire started Aug. 11 after lightning strikes.

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Helicopters have been scooping water from a nearby lake to dump on the flames.

Firefighters said the fire almost doubled in size on Wednesday, fueled by high winds, heat and plenty of dry fuel.

Cle Elum is about 80 miles east of Seattle.