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Jolly Mountain Fire Has Burned 20,000 Acres

Firefighters continue to work around the clock as the fight continues against wildfires raging into September.

Fire managers with the US Forest Service said today that conditions allowed firefighters to make good progress in the Teanaway Valley on Sunday. Crews continued burnouts in the night to further secure the communities and values at risk in the Teanaway and Wagon Wheel.

Still, fire managers are concerned that weather conditions will be dry and hot today, as a new wind pattern takes hold. They warned a wind shift will occur with winds forecast from the east, which presents an entirely new set of conditions for firefighters on the ground.

Fire managers report the blaze is at 0% containment as 12 fire crews made up of 77 fire engines and 5 helicopters for 677 crew members.

Fire crews used the helicopters to slow the fire’s progress along Sasse Ridge and Hex Mountain.

Fire managers said that planning and indirect line construction has been in progress since the fire began, in anticipation that it would grow to the south. This week crews that have been fighting four weeks straight will get a break as, a Type 1 Incident Management Team will take command of the fire to continue to implement the plans that have been in place.

The Great Basin Team will return home, as fire resources do after two-week assignments, to rest in anticipation of their next assignment.

Forest Service lands in upper Cle Elum Valley are closed beyond the Last Resort Restaurant on State Route 903 and east to Highway 97. The Nature Conservancy lands east of Cle Elum Lake are closed. All Washington Department of Natural Resources lands in the Teanaway River Corridor west of Route 97 including all campgrounds in the Teanaway Community Forest are closed.

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