Firefighters are making progress to keep several major wildfires in Washington at bay, as a lull in weather has helped temper new fire growth.
Lightning-sparked wildfires have burned thousands of acres of brush, grass and forest in Washington, and thousands of firefighters have been working for weeks to steer them away from hillside homes and communities.
Officials with the Wenatchee Complex fire that includes multiple blazes in Chelan County say firefighters made good progress over the weekend, and many of the fires within the complex saw little or no growth. As of Sunday, that fire was about 30 percent contained and had burned about 66 square miles. Just under 200 homes in the area are currently under mandatory evacuation.
The Table Mountain Fire, one of several wildfires burning on the eastern slopes of the Cascade Range, has scorched about 47 square miles and was about 10 percent contained. Crews have made real in-roads on the west and south side of the blaze, holding it in check.
In southwest Washington, a fire burning nearly 14,000 acres on the south slope of Mount Adams has closed the Mt. Adams Wilderness and nearby forest areas. Fire officials say they’re working to keep the fire from moving east onto the Yakama Nation, state and private lands. (AP)