Firefighting crews in the Wenatchee area, unable Friday to complete the final segment of fire line along the western perimeter of the Colockum Tarps Fire, resumed their efforts today and expect to remain at it for 3 to 4 more days.
Burn-out operations, including smoke and smoke columns, may be visible from points throughout the Kittitas Valley for the next several days.
Brian Gales, incident commander of the Washington Interagency Incident Management Team, said the public should be aware that firefighters are using “fire to fight fire” and that the tactics being used are controlled and are being executed to reduce the threat of fire spreading to the west.
Once completed, the line will be reinforced and strengthened to keep the fire from moving westward from the steep draws to the Columbia River, fire officials said.
The 80,400-acre fire is now 50 percent contained.
Because of increasing temperatures and concern about the potential spread of the fire, evacuation levels for Kittitas County will remain in effect.
The has been burning since last Saturday, through dry grass, sagebrush and sparse timber growing in steep drainages along the western shore of the Columbia River, 11 miles southwest of Wenatchee.