Two Central Washington wildfires growing


by KING 5 News and Associated Press

Posted on July 29, 2013 at 9:39 AM

GOLDENDALE, Wash.  -- A wildfire burning near Goldendale has grown to nearly 27 square miles.

Spokeswoman Lauren Durocher of the interagency fire management team says the Mile Marker 28 Fire has grown in part from Saturday's estimate of 14 square miles because of more accurate mapping.

The fire along the top of Satus Pass is threatening about 144 structures, including about 69 residences. That number was also updated on Sunday. No structures have been destroyed but all have been evacuated.

The fire was about 25 percent contained Monday morning and about 1,100 people are working to stop it.

Most of Highway 97 between Goldendale and Toppenish remains closed.

Colockum Tarps Fire

A brush fire burning south of Wenatchee has grown to more than 31 square miles and is five percent contained.

The fire burning at Colockum Pass has destroyed three homes and numerous outbuildings. Sixty families are under a Level 3 evacuation notice, which means pack up and get out.

Two minor injuries have been reported to firefighters on that fire.

444th Fire

An 18-acre fire burning in steep, rocky terrain on Mount Si continued to burn Sunday, one of several wildfires across the state.

Approximately 50 firefighters are fighting the 444th Fire, named because it is burning near 444th Avenue just east of North Bend. More crews have been ordered to the scene.  A Department of Natural Resources spokesperson said helicopters were able to cool flames at the head of the fire Saturday, slowing its progress.

The Mount Si Trail System remained closed Sunday.

There is no estimate of when the fire will be contained. The cause is under investigation.

Burn ban

The King County Fire Marshal's Office announced it issuing a fire safety burn ban in unincorporated areas of the county starting Monday because hot and dry weather has increased the risk of outdoor fires.

Recreational fires must:

  • Be built in a metal or concrete fire pit, such as those typically found in designated campgrounds, and not be used as debris disposal
  • Grow no larger than three feet in diameter
  • Be located in a clear spot free from any vegetation for at least 10 feet in a horizontal direction, including at least 25 feet away from any structure and allow 20-foot vertical clearance from overhanging branches
  • Be attended at all times by an alert individual and equipment capable of extinguishing the fire

For properties located within cities, contact your local jurisdiction for requirements.