Fires that killed 3 firefighters explode in size

Firefighters line up to get gear out of the back of a fire truck as they get ready to head out onto a line Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, in Twisp, Wash. Authorities say three firefighters died after their vehicle crashed and was apparently caught by a "hellstorm" of flames as they battled a blaze in the state. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

A massive complex of blazes that killed three firefighters in north-central Washington state has grown by more than 100 square miles in a day.

Fire spokesman Rick Isaacson said early Friday that the wildfires have grown to just over 252 square miles since Thursday morning. He says they are largely burning uncontrolled as flames keep jumping fire lines.

Isaacson says officials don’t know how many homes or other buildings have been destroyed. They have ordered the partial evacuation of the town of Okanogan, which has 2,500 residents.

Isaacson says even the fire base camp in Okanogan has been told to be prepared to evacuate.

There were 820 firefighters fighting the blazes Friday, two days after flames overran firefighters, killing three and injuring four.

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