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Taylor Bridge Fire
6:34 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Taylor Bridge Fire Declared 100 Percent Contained

Firefighters have contained the Taylor Bridge wildfire in Central Washington.
Photo by Tom Banse Northwest News Network

A damaging wildfire in central Washington has been declared 100 percent contained, this more than two weeks after it ignited. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

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Hazardous Charred Trees
4:13 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Burned Trees Pose Risk To Returning Evacuees

Trees burned by wildfires can pose big risks to property owners.
Liz Banse

Property owners in central Washington are confronting a common issue after wildfires: safety around charred trees.

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Wind Turbines Survive
7:35 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Wind Turbines Undamaged by Central Wash. Fire

Central Washington wind turbines were not damaged in the Taylor Bridge fire.
Photo by Courtney Flatt Northwest News Network

There’s been some speculation over the years as to how wind farms would hold up in the event of a large wildfire. Now, the verdict is in. From EarthFix, Courtney Flatt reports a central Washington wind farm was not damaged.

Scorched earth surrounds wind turbines just outside Cle Elum, Washington. A fire that drove through over the last week and a half destroyed more than 50 houses and has burned an estimated 23,000 acres. It did not burn 48 wind turbines.

Operations manager Eric Melbardis says gravel landscaping protected the turbines from the fire.

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Tayor Bridge Fire
4:51 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Taylor Bridge Wildfire Containment Delayed

Fire officials in central Washington are pushing back their timeline to fully contain the Taylor Bridge fire. They’d hoped to have the fire 100 percent contained by tomorrow. But now officials say early next week is more likely.

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Taylor Bridge Fire
4:07 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Last Stretch Of Taylor Bridge Fire Hard To Contain

The last open stretch of the Taylor Bridge fire is in especially steep, rocky terrain.
Jessica Payne Washington Department of Natural Resources

Fire crews in central Washington say they’ll need a couple more days to contain the last 10 percent of the Taylor Bridge fire. The blaze near Cle Elum, Wash., is 90 percent surrounded by fire lines, with full containment expected by Friday. The last open stretch of wildfire is in especially steep, rocky terrain.

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Taylor Bridge Fire
6:11 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Firefighters Get Handle On Central Washington’s Taylor Bridge Fire

Trees burn in the Taylor Bridge Fire.
Photo courtesy Wash. Department of Ecology

Firefighters are getting a better handle on the Taylor Bridge fire burning in central Washington State. Fire crews say they have the fire 90 percent contained. So far the blaze has destroyed more than 50 homes and displaced many residents and livestock. Correspondent Anna King reports.

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Controlling Taylor Bridge Fire
4:57 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Firefighters Battle Windswept Flames On Taylor Bridge Fire

Gusts of up to 30 miles per hour have made containing the Taylor Bridge Fire more difficult.
Jessica Payne Washington Department of Natural Resources

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.

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Taylor Bridge Fire Containment
4:34 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Officials Expect Taylor Bridge Fire To Be Contained By Tuesday

The 23,000 acre Taylor Bridge Fire in central Washington.
Jessica Payne Washington Department of Natural Resources

Fire crews expect to contain the Taylor Bridge Fire in central Washington by Tuesday afternoon. Crews are now working in steep terrain on the northwest side of the blaze.

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Wildfire Victims Return Home
4:38 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

As Fire Crews Contain Blaze, Some Residents Return Home

Residents displaced by the Taylor Bridge Fire are beginning to return to their homes. Approximately 60 primary residences were destroyed by the fire.
Wash. Department of Natural Resources

Residents are returning to their homes as a wildfire burning in central Washington nears containment.

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Progress On Kittitas County Wildfire
4:24 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Kittitas County Wildfire Nearing Containment

The Taylor Bridge fire jumped the Yakima River and several highways.
Bryan Flint Wash. Department of Natural Resources

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

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