18 homes destroyed in Wash. wildfires

Posted Sept. 11, 2011, at 8:09 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 11, 2011, at 11:48 p.m.

GOLDENDALE, Wash. — Eighteen homes have burned in a blaze moving through dry forests near Washington state’s Satus Pass and that number could increase, officials said Sunday.

The fire has burned through more than 6 square miles about 20 miles north of the Columbia River and about 12 miles northeast of city of Goldendale since last Wednesday. The 4,250-acre fire is 30 percent contained as of Sunday.

Winds forecasted for late Sunday and early Monday could change the situation, and crews were working Sunday to establish a 50-foot perimeter around the fire’s edge. More than 800 firefighters have been called across the state to help.

More ground turkey recalled because of salmonella

CHICAGO — Cargill Inc. announced a second recall of ground turkey products Sunday after a test showed salmonella in a sample from the same Arkansas plant tied to a recall issued last month.

The second recall is much smaller than the one the company issued Aug. 3 for 36 million pounds of ground turkey. That recall followed a salmonella outbreak that federal health officials said had sickened 107 people in 31 states, killing one person.

No illnesses have been tied to the second recall, which was initiated after a sample from the company’s plant in Springdale, Ark., tested positive for salmonella, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.

Cargill halted production of ground turkey products at the plant Aug. 2 in anticipation of the recall announced the next day, spokesman Mike Martin said.

The sample that tested positive for salmonella was taken Aug. 24, the USDA said. It was the same strain of salmonella tied to the earlier illnesses, the agency said.

Oil workers missing in storm found alive

VERACRUZ, Mexico — Seven of 10 oil workers missing in the Gulf of Mexico were found alive Sunday after three days at sea, according to Mexico’s state oil company.

Petroleos Mexicanos said in the statement that two bodies also were found but have yet to be identified and one worker remains missing.

The survivors were four Mexicans, two Americans and a worker from Bangladesh, the statement said. They were found 51 miles off the coast of the gulf state of Campeche.

The employees of Houston-based Geokinetics Inc. called for help Thursday afternoon after evacuating to an enclosed life raft in the middle of Tropical Storm Nate, which disabled their vessel, a liftboat called the Trinity II.

Nate made landfall as a tropical storm on Sunday north of Barra de Nautla in the state of Veracruz and weakened to a tropical depression Sunday.

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