Central Wash. Fires Grow, Smoke Still A Major Problem

Sep 20, 2012

The wildfire situation in central Washington continues to worsen. A complex of lightning-sparked fires north of Ellensburg has grown to more than 30,000 acres. Mandatory evacuations are in place near Liberty, Wash., along Highway 97.

At the Mineral Springs Restaurant, owner Dan King says the smoke has been almost bad enough to start wearing a mask.

King: “It’s not as noticeable inside. Our eyes are watering, you know, that kind of thing. But while I was standing outside in the middle of all that smoke I was kind of thinking maybe I should go back in and get my mask. We do have them.”

King says he and his wife are prepared to evacuate if ordered to do so. Air quality advisories remain in effect for several central Washington communities. Although in some places like Leavenworth and Chelan the air is slowly trending better.

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