Destructive Washington wildfire balloons in size

A helicopter dumps a load of water onto one of the fires burning on a ridge west of Leavenworth, Wash., Thursday, July 17, 2014. The fire chased people from nearly 900 homes as it burned near the Bavarian-themed village of Leavenworth. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times-Mike Siegel)
A helicopter dumps a load of water onto one of the fires burning on a ridge west of Leavenworth, Wash., Thursday, July 17, 2014. The fire chased people from nearly 900 homes as it burned near the Bavarian-themed village of Leavenworth. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times-Mike Siegel)

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Fire officials say a wildfire that prompted the evacuation of a small north-central Washington town has grown substantially to about 260 square miles.

A spokesman for the Carlton Complex, Jacob McCann, said Friday that the fire “ran quite a bit” on Thursday and officials were also able to get a better handle on its size.

Authorities had last said it had burned at least 28 square miles of the scenic Methow Valley.

Authorities say the wind-whipped wildfire has already burned at least 35 homes and prompted the evacuation of the small town of Pateros in Okanogan County. A hospital in nearby Brewster was also evacuated as a precaution.

Officials say no injuries have been reported.

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