Fire crews battle brush fire amid hot temperatures, wind

AUBURN, Wash. (AP) — A burn pile that got out of control triggered a brush fire that burned up a steep hillside near homes along Green Valley Road between Auburn and Black Diamond. The Department of Natural Resources brought in their helicopter Sunday for water drops because the terrain was difficult to reach. It hasn’t rained in more than a week, and easterly offshore winds boosted the temperatures and kept the humidity low for days. Windy conditions the fire fight a challenge. Fire officials say the region is seeing an early fire season due to the hot weather.