Colockum Pass wildfire now bigger than Tacoma

Colockum Pass wildfire now bigger than Tacoma

Credit: KING

The Colockum Tarps fire burning near Wenatchee, Wash., July 29, 2013.

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by KING 5 News and Associated Press

KREM.com

Posted on July 30, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 31 at 12:13 PM

The largest wildfire burning in Washington state Tuesday was larger than the city of Tacoma.

The Colockum Pass fire has burned about 52,000 acres and is spreading toward a wind farm near Vantage. Tacoma is about 62-square miles.

A spokeswoman for fire managers, Karen Ripley, said Tuesday the fire is moving south and evacuations may be recommended for some people living in Kittitas County. She says evacuations may be lifted for some areas in Chelan County where the fire has passed.

Ripley says fire officials are working on a plan to stop the fire at a ridge north of the Wild Horse wind farm, which was about eight miles from the flames on Monday afternoon.

About 300 people are working on the fire, with assistance from multiple helicopters. Firefighters focused Monday on keeping the fire out of forested lands to the west.

Mile Marker 28 Fire

A fire burning near Goldendale has grown to more than 20,000 acres.

The fire along the top of Satus Pass is dozens of homes. No structures have been destroyed. Some residents of Klickitat County were allowed to return to their homes Monday.

The fire was about 25 percent contained Tuesday morning and about 1,300 people are working to stop it.

Part of Highway 97 between Goldendale and Toppenish remains closed.

Chelan fires

Four new fires were reported in the Lake Chelan area that were ignited by lightning on Sunday.

The largest fire is the Moore Point Fire about seven miles southeast of Stehekin. The fire estimated between 40-50 acres, is burning on private land and within Lake Chelan Sawtooth Wilderness Area.

Twenty firefighter personnel, one helicopter, and one scooper plane are working the fire as more resources are ordered.

Forest Service officials have closed Moore Point campground, as well as the Lakeshore Trail No. 1274 between Meadow Creek and Flick Creek campground.

Three smaller fires also ignited,

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