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Fire fights choke area in smoke

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The view from the Visitor Center at Grand Coulee Dam, looking at the dam, as posted publicly on Instagram by a visitor just after 1 p.m. Sunday.

Some of the smoke choking the area from The Devil's Elbow Complex fires north of Keller may come from firefighters' efforts to battle the blaze, as they burn out fuel to deny the fire a way to spread.

It has consumed more than 17,000 acres so far and still threatens about 150 homes and 90 other structures. Highway 21 is closed and evacuations along it have extended north from Capoose Creek/Meadow to the Bear Creek campground.

More than 100 firefighters took part in a burnout operation Saturday night on the south side of McAllister Creek and plan to complete that southwestern side anchor tod...

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