It’s a Nonstop Battle Against the Schneider Springs Fire. Still No Gains!
More growth in the Schneider Springs fire with zero percent containment. 440 people are now battling the large blaze burning about 18 miles northwest of Naches which has grown from 15,000 acres on Saturday to 18,842 acres Monday. The fire Tuesday is now at 28,356 acres. On Monday people living along State Route 410 from Rock Creek Road to Forest Road 1900 were told the leave because of the approaching flames.
COOLER WEATHER THIS WEEK COULD HELP FIREFIGHTERS
Fire officials say winds over the weekend fueled the fire and pushed it in a northeast direction toward Highway 410 and west toward Bumping River Road. In both areas firefighters cleared snags, trimmed branches and placed hoses and portable water tanks near structures in anticipation of more fire growth.
The weather say firefighters, which has been a problem could actually help the fire this week. Cooler weather and higher humidity are in the forecast that could help firefighters make progress and possibly begin to contain the fire.
EVACUATION LEVELS REMAIN THE SAME
A press release from the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest says "Bumping River Road and drainage remains at a LEVEL 3 evacuation. This means if you live in the area that you need to evacuate now. Hwy 410 from Eagle Rock north and west to Bumping River Road is currently in a LEVEL 2 Evacuation. This means if you live in the area you need to BE SET. Please check with Yakima County Office of Emergency Management on their official Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/YakimaCountyOEM for updates on evacuation information.
HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE ARE ON THE FIRE LINES
Currently of the 440 people who are on the fire lines 13 are fire crews. They're being helped by 25 engines, 6 dozers, 7 water tenders and other heavy equipment.
The fire was started on August 3 by a lightning strike. It's burning in an area that's tough for firefighters to access.
The blaze is now burning about 18 miles from of Naches in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.
Campfire restrictions remain in place in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.