CHELAN, Wash. — Winds calmed Saturday as crews battled wildfires that had burned two houses and more than 2,000 acres across northern Washington state, and some evacuees were allowed to return home.
The biggest blaze, three miles northeast of Chelan, had burned about 1,500 acres and forced the evacuation of about two dozen homes and cabins in the Cagle Gulch and Naumes areas, said Annie Larsen, a spokeswoman for Wenatchee National Forest.
However, the evacuation order for Naumes had been lifted, and the Cagle Gulch area was to be evaluated, she said.
No containment figure was available, Larsen said.
Smaller fires in the region had destroyed two houses, a barn and other structures, officials said.
Across the nation, 24 large fires active Saturday had burned about 1.1 million acres in 11 states, the National Interagency Fire Center reported.
Nearly 6,900 firefighters battling the nation's largest active wildfire hoped to take advantage of higher humidity and lower temperatures Saturday.
Temperatures as high as 102 earlier in the week had helped a month-old, lightning-caused fire in southwestern Oregon and northern California grow to 419,000 acres.