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MALAGA, Wash. — Hundreds of fire fighters have shifted focus from one fire to another in central Washington after lightning possibly ignited another blaze near the town of Malaga.

Currently, the fire has burned more than 6,000 acres and is only 15 percent contained. Overnight rain on Sunday helped and hindered fire fighting efforts.

The rain helped keep the fire from spreading but caused flash flooding in the area. a number of area roads are completely washed out and firefighters are having difficulty getting to the front lines of the blaze.

Level III evacuations are in effect for parts of Malaga and Kingsbury. About 150 structures are being threatened. Powerlines are also in the path of this blaze.

Officials said the growth potential is extreme and the terrain is difficult to navigate.

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