Weekend Weather For Cle Elum-Area Fire A Concern To Firefighters

Aug 16, 2012

Fire officials on the Taylor Bridge blaze near the mountain town of Cle Elum, Wash., are worried about the hot weather forecast for the next few days. Correspondent Anna King reports from the scene of the fire.

It’s getting hotter and dryer here in Cle Elm – and that has fire managers wincing. The forecast calls for lower humidity and upper-90 degree temperatures heading into the weekend. Some mountainous valleys could even go above 100. And then there are unstable winds and possible dry lightening coming as well, says Michael “Mick” Mueller a fire command information officer.

Mueller: “Very concerned about the forecast and weather. The potential for dry lighting and thunderstorm potential and erratic winds ahead of us. That hot dry weather is very hard on firefighters. And the potential for fire behavior to be extreme is out there.”

Smoke from the fire is shrouding the mountains in haze and making breathing difficult.

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