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Evacuations Reduced, Horsethief Butte Fire Containment Grows

Fire officials said Monday the Horsethief Butte Fire in south central Klickitat County has burned more than 8,000 acres and is 50 percent contained.

An undetermined number of outbuildings have burned, but so far no homes have been lost.

On Sunday, officials evacuated more than 300 residents and the town of Wishram, Washington, east of The Dalles.

County officials said evacuation orders have been reduced to level one, meaning residents should be ready to go.

The Red Cross has opened a shelter in in Goldendale.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Conrad Wilson is a reporter and producer covering criminal justice and legal affairs for OPB.