‘Mind blowing’ flames destroy homes in Washington state

In this Sunday, June 28, 2015 photo provided by The Wenatchee World, U.S. Forest Service fire fighters from Leavenworth cut brush near houses in northern Wenatchee, Wash. A wildfire fueled by high temperatures and strong winds roared into a central Washington neighborhood, destroying properties and forcing residents of several hundred homes to flee, authorities said Monday.(Don Seabrook/The Wenatchee World via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) — Officials are now saying between 24 and 28 homes were burned in a fast-moving wildfire in central Washington.

The fire that has burned more than 4 square miles since Sunday afternoon has calmed down since a Monday morning rain shower.

State Patrol Trooper Brian Moore says the buildings that burned were primary residences, not vacation homes.

Fire crews are concentrating on preventing any more homes from being burned. Crews are working to put out hot spots in already burned areas, while keeping an eye on winds that are expected to reach 15 to 20 mph on Monday evening and could fan flames again.

Fire crews also were pouring water on a couple of burned warehouses on Monday afternoon.

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