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August 16, 2012 at 7:41 AM

Firefighters report a night of progress in Taylor Bridge wildfire

A new batch of firefighters prepares to head out to the Taylor Bridge wildfire on Wednesday evening. (Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

Firefighters working the 22,000-acre Taylor Bridge fire in Central Washington were “cautiously optimistic” as they faced another hot day trying to contain the fire.

“They had a really good night on the fire,” said Mark Grassel, a spokesman on the fire scene.

About 50 people were evacuated from the Lauderdale and Riverview neighborhoods at about 7 p.m. Wednesday, bringing the total number of evacuations to 500.

The fire is about 25 percent contained, with 900 firefighters trying to work toward two main objectives: keeping the fire from crossing Interstate 90 on the south and keeping the fire from crossing Highway 970 to the north, where stands of dead timber would provide dry fuel for the flames.

The firefighters were focused this morning on the Hidden Valley Road area on the fire’s northwest edge, Grassel said.

 

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