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

KOMO reports ( ) that the blaze near Cle Elum, Washington, had grown to about 12 square miles (31 kilometers) Thursday. It was fueled by high winds.

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.

Cle Elum is about 80 miles southeast of Seattle.

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