NEWS BRIEFS: Evacuations are ordered for the city of Entiat in Eastern Washington; Drink and Draw tonight at Studio Bob in Port Angeles

ENTIAT — Mandatory evacuations have been ordered in central Washington state as a wildfire continued to grow in size.

The Cougar Creek fire is northwest of the town of Entiat and by Wednesday morning had burned about 14.3 square miles, the most of any fire in the state.

That prompted officials to order that some area residents immediately evacuate their homes.

The fire was sparked by lightning July 28 and has been growing in a remote area about 20 miles northwest of Entiat.

The fire is expected to continue growing over the next few days as temperatures rise into the triple digits. By Friday, strong winds are expected to arrive.

About 700 firefighters are battling the blaze.

Drink and Draw

PORT ANGELES — Drink and Draw, a free event for all ages, is planned at 7 tonight.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. at the Loom in Studio Bob, upstairs at 118½ E. Front St. A model will pose for three 20-minute sessions.

Beer, wine and soft drinks are available for purchase. Drawing supplies are available or bring your own.

Drink and Draw meets each month the Thursday before Port Angeles Art Walk the second weekend of the month.

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