Mid-Columbia Smoke & Haze From Huge Cle Elum Fire [VIDEO]
At first glance driving to work this morning you may have thought from the foggy haze it was December. The smoke in the air is from up north.
The Washington State Fire Marshall called out units from all over the state late last evening to battle the growing Taylor Bridge fire east of Cle Elum (beyond Yakima and Ellensburg). The fire is classified as "uncontained." As an example of how fast it is traveling, last evening around 9:30 p.m. local media reported the fire was between 2-3,000 acres and had destroyed six structures.
Now the blaze has grown to 26,000 acres with 60 structures destroyed. Crews from Yakima and Selah responded first, and now crews from all over the state are trying to bring it under control. 26,000 acres amounts to roughly 41 square miles burned so far.
While the cause of the fire is under investigation, two suspicious fires in the general area of Taylor Bridge were put out Saturday by fire crews. Watch the intense video from NW Cable News Network.