The last open stretch of the Taylor Bridge fire is in especially steep, rocky terrain. Photo by Jessica Payne, Washington DNR
Fire crews in central Washington say they’ll need a couple more days to contain the last 10 percent of the Taylor Bridge fire. The blaze near Cle Elum, Washington is 90 percent surrounded by fire lines, with full containment expected by Friday. The last open stretch of wildfire is in especially steep, rocky terrain.
Meanwhile, the influx of firefighters and reporters is giving an unexpected boost to the local economy. Judy Tokarsyck directs the Cle Elum-Rosylin Chamber of Commerce. Even after the fire is under control, she expects a silver lining for local businesses.
Emergency managers have now confirmed the Taylor Bridge fire has destroyed at least 57 homes and cabins, and damaged 10 more.
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