Goldendale Fire Continues to Burn
By Joe Simons and updated by Pat Boyle
More than 1,200 firefighters continue to battle this wildfire that has grown to more than 17,000 acres. The fire which is 15 miles northeast Goldendale, Washington still has Highway 97 at Satus Pass shut down. Crews have made some progress. The Interagency Fire Coordination Center says the blaze is 25 percent contained this morning, compared to 15 percent contained last night.
Close to 200 homes have been evacuated along a 50 mile stretch on Highway 97 from Goldendale to Toppenish.The cause of the blaze, which has been burning since Wednesday, is being investigated.
Other fires burning around the Northwest include the Douglas Complex near Glendale in SW Oregon. It is made up of 54 lightening caused fires and has burned 13,400 acres. It is just 2 percent contained. Glendale Elementary School has been set up as a shelter and a community meeting will be held there tonight at 6:30 to update residents on how the fire fight is going.
Campers at four Central Oregon campgrounds had to be evacuated Sunday due to new fires.
The fire burning on the Warm Springs Reservation is 95 percent contained and crews should be able to wrap things up there by Thursday.