Wildfires

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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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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Idaho's Trinity Ridge Fire
4:24 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Crews Prepare As Fire Creeps Toward Idaho Town

Idaho’s Trinity Ridge Fire is burning more than 90,000 acres in the forests east of Boise.
Zane Brown inciweb.org

Fire crews in southern Idaho are now at a standoff with a fire that’s surrounded the resort town of Featherville. It’s been clear for days that the town’s businesses and summer homes are in the path of the 90,000 acre Trinity Ridge Fire east of Boise. But fire managers say they have to wait for the blaze to creep to lower ground before crews can fight it head-on.

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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 Donations
6:19 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Kittitas Wildfire Prompts Overwhelming Donations

A blaze from the Kittitas wildfire.
Photo courtesy Wash. Department of Natural Resources

Dramatic images of destruction from a central Washington wildfire this week haave prompted an overwhelming flood of donations to fire victims. So much that the state of Washington is urging well meaning donors to stop giving food and clothing and donate money instead. In Cle Elum, correspondent Courtney Flatt checked out the brimming donation centers.

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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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Animal Rescue Effort
6:07 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Massive Animal Rescue Effort Underway For Victims Of Washington State’s Taylor Bridge Fire

Mark Kinsel, lead vet at the Ellensburg Rodeo Grounds in Central Washington. He's helping to treat, sort and feed animals displaced by fire.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Over a hundred volunteers are helping to evacuate, sort and care for animals burned or displaced by the Taylor Bridge Fire near Cle Elum in Washington State.

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Invesitation Into Wildfire Cause
5:27 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Investigators Look Into Whether Construction Sparked Taylor Bridge Fire

Fire officials in central Washington are investigating whether construction at a bridge near Cle Elum sparked the 23,000 acre wildfire there. Incident commanders won’t say definitively what started the fire. But they do say the blaze was human caused and it began near the bridge construction site.

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