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Obama attributes wildfires to climate change

Obama attributes Western wildfires to droughts caused by climate change
The Associated Press

SEATTLE - President Barack Obama says a wildfire that has burned nearly 400 square miles in the north-central part of Washington state, along with blazes in other Western areas, can be attributed to climate change.

Obama, speaking at a fundraiser Tuesday, offered federal help to deal with Washington's wildfire, the largest in the state's history.

He said Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Craig Fugate had authorized an emergency declaration to ensure electrical power.

Helpful weather coming to Washington wildfires

Cooler temperatures, lighter winds could help firefighters with Washington state wildfires
The Associated Press

WINTHROP, Wash. - Cooler temperatures and lighter winds are forecast to descend on a wildfire-stricken Washington state, helping firefighters battle flames that have been growing unfettered for a week and have covered hundreds of square miles (kilometres).

Growing wildfire empties Washington town

Washington wildfire forces evacuation of small town; sheriff says 35 homes have burned
Nicholas K. Geranios, The Associated Press

SPOKANE, Wash. - A small north-central Washington town and a nearby hospital have been evacuated ahead of a wind-whipped wildfire that has already burned at least 35 homes, authorities said.

Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said late Thursday he's heard of no injuries from the Carlton Complex of wildfires.

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