Kittitas County Wildfire Nearing Containment

Aug 17, 2012

Fire bosses at the scene of a destructive wildfire in central Washington are letting more evacuees return to their homes Friday.

At a morning briefing, Taylor Bridge Fire spokesman Mark Grassel says firefighters did good work overnight extending and holding containment lines around the 40 mile perimeter of the blaze.

Grassel: "Each day we're making good progress on this thing. It's not escaping away from us in any way we didn't anticipate."

The fire command estimates it will have full containment by Sunday.

Already today, the fire fight is transitioning into a mop up operation on several sides of the nearly 23,000 acre blaze. That includes chopping down scorched trees and snags and dousing hot spots within the fire perimeter.

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