Fire crews gain ground on biggest Washington fire


WENATCHEE — Fire crews are working to complete a fire line around a wildfire that has burned across 125 square miles south of Wenatchee.

Fire officials say firefighters are working to build lines around the remaining 6 miles of the Colockum Tarps Fire and will mop up and secure fire lines that have already been built.

More than 830 firefighters are assigned to the fire, which is 30 percent contained.

Firefighters in north-central Washington also are working to contain several small fires sparked by lightning on Thursday.

Near Goldendale, the Mile Marker 28 Fire is 75 percent contained, and the Washington Department of Transportation reopened U.S. Highway 97 to travel without the requirement of a pilot car. Speed limits have been reduced to 40 mph in the area of the fire.


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