Fire officials say the Taylor Bridge Fire outside of Cle Elum continues to grow, just not as explosively as it had in its first 24 hours.
Public Information Officer Mick Mueller says over 900 firefighters are battling the 22,000 acre blaze blackening sagebrush, grassland and timber. Mueller says the fire is 25% contained, mostly on the south flank. Firefighters are working hard to stem growth on the north flank, where the goal is to keep the fire from reaching stretches of weakened pine and timber at the doorstep of Blewett Pass. Mueller said fire crews feel optimistic that can be achieved.
60 homes have been lost to the flames, and hundreds more remain on evacuation notice.