Taylor Bridge Fire
Saturday, 01 September 2012 01:24

The Taylor Bridge Fire was finally contained over the weekend, but some flare ups may continue along the fire’s north side. After a month of no rain and a week of high winds the out of control wildfire burned 60 residential homes and charred more than 20,000 acres near Cle Elum and Ellensburg. Crews remaining in the area will monitor the hot spots checking for any instances. Strike teams were using hand-held infrared sensors to detect any heat signatures.

More than 1,000 fire personnel battling the Taylor Bridge Fire had hoped to fully contain the blaze Tuesday, but gusty winds late in the day caused the delay. Firefighters said the bottom of the drainage near Hidden Valley is the final significant segment of the line to be completed.

 

The drive around the fire area is a surreal one.  The barren land looks like a moonscape inside the triangle of highways 97, 970 and 90 located southwest of Ellensburg, Washington.  The solemn tour is full of the sight of blackened hills and smell of scorched wood. Last weekend Highway 10, through the heart of the fire, was closed. The highway should now be opened and the process of cleaning up commencing.

 

A site has been set up tp give donations directly to the families affected by this fire through Central Washington University. https://www.mycentral.cwu.edu/Taylor_Bridge_Fire