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August 16, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Taylor Bridge wildfire 33 percent contained

The Associated Press

YAKIMA  – Fire crews are making progress in fighting a stubborn central Washington wildfire that has burned dozens of homes and forced hundreds of people to evacuate.

Fire spokesman Mark Grassel said the Taylor Bridge wildfire was 33 percent contained by late Thursday — up from 25 percent — and no homes have been lost in the last two days.  Some residents who had been forced to flee were allowed to return to their homes.

The fire has destroyed 70 homes and more than 200 outbuildings, burning across more than 35 square miles since Monday in terrain east of Cle Elum.

Grassel says nearly 1,000 firefighters are focusing efforts on the fire’s troublesome north flank, where the terrain is steep and rugged.

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