Photo by Jessica Payne, Washington DNR
CLE ELUM, Wash. – Fire crews expect to contain the Taylor Bridge Fire in central Washington by Tuesday afternoon. Crews are now working in steep terrain on the northwest side of the blaze.
Wind is the main factor that could set firefighters back this week on the Taylor Bridge blaze. The fire fighting force has now grown to more than 1,000 people.
Randy Shepard is a fire information officer. He says lower temperatures this week are helping them fight the fire, but it’s very tough.
“It’s steep slopes, it’s heavier fuels, it has heavier timber in it, but it’s also intermixed it has loose rocks called scree slopes, so it makes it difficult in that area.”
Shepard says before residents can move back to their homes, each household has to have a clear perimeter around it of 18 acres. That means firefighters will be sticking around for a while.
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