US 97 to remain closed Saturday due to Goldendale fire

US 97 to remain closed Saturday due to Goldendale fire

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US 97 to remain closed Saturday due to Goldendale fire

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by KING 5 News and Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on July 26, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Updated Saturday, Jul 27 at 1:03 PM

GOLDENDALE, Wash. -- A wildfire burning near Satus Pass doubled in size to about 4,600 acres or about 7 square miles, a Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman said Friday.

The Department of Transportation said Saturday that US 97 will remain closed Saturday and Saturday night due to poor visibilty. Drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes on State Route 14, State Route 221, and Interstate 82.

Firefighters are still trying to build lines to contain the fire that broke out Monday, burning grass, brush and timber, said spokeswoman Janet Pearce in Olympia.

One structure -- not necessarily a home -- has been lost, Pearce said. About 30 homes in the area are threatened with some people evacuating.

Most of Highway 97 between Goldendale and Toppenish in south-central Washington including Satus Pass remained closed due to smoke and the danger of debris rolling off steep hillsides.

Pearce described fire conditions Friday as extreme.

The Weather Service issued a red flag warning for the danger in much of Eastern Washington, including Goldendale, Tri-Cities, Yakima, Walla Walla, Wenatchee and Moses Lake.

A Community Meeting was scheduled for Saturday at the Klickitat PUD Meeting Room located at 1313 Columbus in Goldendale beginning at 7:00 PM. Fire officials and other agency representatives will update the public on the current fire situation and evacuation notices.

 

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