Schneider Springs Fire Continues Gaining Ground No Wins Yet for Firefighters
The Schneider Springs fire doubled in size Thursday. Officials from the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest say they still have zero percent containment on the fire that is now at least 13,665 acres and they expect the fire to grow more Friday and into the weekend.
MORE PEOPLE ARE ON THE FIRE LINES AND MORE ON THE WAY
Winds and a low pressure system over the fire helped the blaze grow on Thursday when it was estimated at 7,100 acres.
Fire officials have a lot of equipment and personal on the fire lines. At last count the number was 300 people including 14 engines, 7 crews, 4 dozers and 5 water tenders. On Thursday the fire burned near Bumping Lake and force a level three evacuation of the area. A press release says "Bumping Road and drainage is currently at a LEVEL 3 evacuation. This means if you live in the area that you need to evacuate now. Hwy 410 from Eagle Rock north and west to Bumping River Road is currently in a LEVEL 2 Evacuation. This means if you live in the area you need to BE SET. Please check with Yakima County Office of Emergency Management on their official Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/YakimaCountyOEM for updates on evacuation information."
MORE GROWTH IS EXPECTED THIS WEEKEND
Today and into the weekend fire crews say they're concerned about the weather and a good chance the fire will grow and burn toward Highway 410 which could force more evacuations and or closures.
The forecast is for low humidity and possible winds for the fire area through the weekend so firefighters say they don't expect to make a lot of progress in terms of containment.
THE FIRE HAS BEEN BURNING SINCE AUGUST 3 WITH NO CONTAINMENT
The fire was started on August 3 by a lightning strike. It's burning in an area that's tough for firefighters to access.
The blaze is now burning about 20 miles from of Naches in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.
A community meeting was held Wednesday in the Nile-Cliffdell area to inform residents of what's happening with the fire.
Campfire restrictions remain in place in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
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