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Fast moving wildfire forces evacuation of Wishram, WA

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WISHRAM, WA (KPTV) -

Fire crews from several different agencies are helping fight a fast-moving fire that's burning along a hillside in the Columbia River Gorge.

The fire started near Dallesport Sunday afternoon and quickly ballooned to more than 2,000 acres in size, burning east toward Wishram, and forcing the entire town to evacuate.

Fire officials said high winds were helping fuel the fire, which was also growing closer to the Maryhill winery in Goldendale.

20 homes are directly threatened, though none have burned, according to Klickitat County dispatchers.

State Road 14 was closed in both directions near Dallesport shortly before 1 p.m. WSDOT said the highway would remain closed until further notice.

It wasn't immediately clear what started the fire.

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