Cle Elum Residents Wait And Wonder If Their Homes Still Stand

Aug 16, 2012

Fire officials have reduced evacuation levels for several areas around the Taylor Bridge Fire. But hundreds of displaced residents in central Washington's Kittitas County are waiting and wondering if their homes still stand. Many fled just in time. More than 70 structures have burned down.

Some residents have waited behind barricaded roads Thursday in the hopes of going home, at least briefly. They want to collect clothes, toiletries and medicine. Many are wearing the same clothes they’ve had on for the entire week.

Lynne Fisher is a full-time resident of a lake community called Sunlight Waters.

“And we keep hearing rumors of this house is gone and that house is gone," she says. "You just have to wait. And we have neighbors in Montana, and they are due in today and they have no idea but their house is one that’s gone.”

The Taylor Bridge fire has grown to 23,000 acres. 900 firefighters are battling the blaze. There have been two injuries – one minor burns to a firefighter and another sickened from heat exhaustion.

Copyright 2012 Northwest Public Radio

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