Firefighters in Central Washington are contending with heavy winds today as they try to get control of the Taylor Bridge fire near Cle Elum. Gusts of up to 30 miles per hour have been testing the fire lines. So far the blaze has scorched more than 23,000 acres, and crews have it 57 percent contained. More than 1,000 people are working to put out the blaze.
Mark Morrow is an information officer for the Taylor Bridge Fire. He says lower temperatures in the 70s and 80s Tuesday will help firefighters, but the wind is a problem.
Morrow: “When it hits those flames it just pushes them and drives them, and gets the fire brands and embers airborne and they tend to spot out ahead of yourself. And it causes problems especially if the fire is very active.”
Morrow says crews are working hard to “button up” this fire and reach containment by the end of the day Tuesday. So far about 50 homes have been lost in the Taylor Bridge fire.
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