Wildfire near Mattawa grows to 7.8 square miles

MATTAWA, Wash. (AP) — State resources have been called out to battle a wildfire in central Washington state that has grown to 7.8 square miles (20.2 square kilometers) and threatens homes, crops and a feedlot.

The fire is burning in grass and sagebrush near the town of Mattawa. State officials say some people have been ordered to evacuate their homes, while others were told to be prepared to evacuate.

Mattawa is located in the center of the state near the Columbia River.

The wildfire was reported shortly after noon on Sunday. The cause is under investigation. State firefighting crews were ordered to assist local firefighters on Sunday evening.