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(WENATCHEE, Wash.) — Wildfires in Washington State have forced thousands of residents to evacuate their homes.

As of Monday morning, officials say the blaze covering more than 1,800 acres has not been contained, with efforts hampered by the hot, dry conditions.

Darren Wright, a trooper for Washington State Patrol, said public safety is the primary concern for emergency officials, and warned Washington residents about participating in outdoor activities as the flames continue to spread.

“Like most areas in the country with hot, dry weather, be very careful with smoking, outdoor fires, fireworks over the Fourth of July, anything that can cause heat or sparks,” he cautioned. “Be very cognizant of the hot dry conditions.”

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