The Taylor Bridge Fire, which started Monday afternoon, has burned approximately 28,000 acres and destroyed about 60 primary residences, reported the InciWeb site today. UPDATE (9 a.m., 8/16/2012: estimate refinded to 22,000 acres burned.)
The first of two public meetings to provide more information to evacuees and area residents was planned for 4 p.m. today (August 15) at Cle Elum Roslyn High School Gymnasium. A second informational meeting will be held at 7 p.m. tonight at Central Washington University in Ellensburg. UPDATE: 10:30 a.m., 8/16/2012: ’500+ residents attend Taylor Bridge town hall meetings’; KIMA-TV)
More than 800 personnel are assigned to the fire, which prompted a state mobilization of resources and a governor’s state of emergency declaration for Kittitas and Yakima counties. The proclamation responds to a request from DNR which handles statewide wildfire efforts.
Here are photos of the Taylor Bridge Fire from the DNR Flickr page
Additional photos are on the Ellensburg Record News website.
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