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A late-season wildfire pushed by strong winds has ripped through a tiny central Montana farming town, burning two dozen homes and four grain elevators that had stood for more than a century. Fergus County officials were assessing the damage in Denton on Thursday while crews continued to fight the fire, which had burned 22 square miles of prairie and agricultural land. No one was hurt. About 300 residents were evacuated early Wednesday afternoon when a fire that had started about 6 miles away the night before pushed across the drought-stricken area. The evacuation order was lifted at noon on Thursday. Bridges on the road and railroad tracks west of town burned. 

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An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.5 struck northern Peru early Sunday, damaging some buildings and blocking several roads with rubble. While the quake was extremely strong, it was relatively deep — measured at 112 kilometers (70 miles) — which usually reduces the possibility of damage and casualties. The quake occurred at 5:52 a.m. (1052 GMT) and its epicenter was in the Amazon region, 42 kilometers (26 miles) north northwest of the city of Barranca. It had a magnitude of 7.5, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. 

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People in the small city of Sumas, Washington, are assessing damage from flooding that hit an estimated three quarters of homes in the community near the Canadian border. Parts of Washington state and British Columbia are trying to dry out from an intense, days-long rain storm that cut off key roadways and forced hundreds of evacuations. Skies were sunny Wednesday in the area. Sumas' mayor said officials were looking to go “door-to-door” to check on people and homes. Immediately across the border residents of a low-lying area of Abbotsford, British Columbia, were being evacuated. British Columbia officials reported one death, said more were expected and declared a state of emergency.

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As parts of western Washington began drying out after an atmospheric river dumped days of rain, waters in some areas continued rising, more people were urged to evacuate and crews worked to restore power and reopen roads. Officials in the small city of Sumas, Washington, near the Canada border called the flood damage devastating. Officials say hundreds were evacuated and 75% of homes had water damage. Across the border, authorities say the body of a woman was recovered from a landslide northeast of Vancouver, British Columbia, and two others were reported missing. A 59-year-old man from Everson, Washington, was also still missing. More than 31,000 electrical customers in Washington remained without power Tuesday.