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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

August 14, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Wildfire still on the move, now 28,000 acres [In brief]

John Shea leans into a gate, as a forest fire consumes the grounds around a friend’s ranch Monday near Cle Elum. Shea heard the news, knew his friend was at work, and rushed over to his home to rescue livestock. (Photo by Jordan Stead / The Seattle Times)

Follow the Times for the latest on this developing story. Here’s what we know right now:

The raging Taylor Bridge wildfire near Cle Elum that has burned at least 60 homes and more than 28,000 acres is moving to the northeast, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

After more than a day of zero containment, DNR officials reported that 10 percent of the fire is under control Tuesday evening.

More homes, farms and ranches are in the fire’s path.

Houses burned, houses saved, lives turned upside down

Fighting the fire will be primarily from the air this afternoon because efforts on the ground are hampered by how fast the fire is moving. KING5 has video of the destroyed homes.

The fire is proving difficult to fight.

Photos from the wildfire

Eastside Fire and Rescue spokeswoman Josie Williams said more than 450 people were evacuated overnight. The Department of Natural Resources said that the sheriff’s office called for additional evacuations this morning.

The fire was moving so quickly that many people set livestock free to save them as the flames advanced, she said. The Kittitas County Fairgrounds is accepting pets and livestock as well.

Supplies are being sought for some  200 evacuated livestock, including more than 100 horses, temporarily housed at the fairgrounds at Ellensburg.

A construction crew working east of Cle Elum is believed to have caused the blaze.

Complete coverage of the fire

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