‘Washington Fire’ Grows to 8,000 Acres near Markleeville

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MARKLEEVILLE–

The so-called Washington Fire, burning south of Markleeville near the California-Nevada border, grew to 8,000 acres since starting Saturday.

The fire was sparked by a lightning strike, the U.S. Forest Service said.

Wind was said to play a big role in how fast flames have spread.

Campgrounds and several communities near Markleeville have evacuated.