Taylor Bridge Fire crews appreciate messages from public

Poster of Facebook commentsThe more than 1,000 personnel still working on the Taylor Bridge Fire in central Washington have received an outpouring of gratitude from the public for their hard work to contain the wildfire. By this morning’s 6 a.m. all-hands briefing, this poster (see photo) compiling comments from DNR’s Facebook page yesterday was on several bulletin boards at the incident command center in Cle Elum.

The fire is at the 90 percent containment point today and more roads have been reopened, including SR970 and SR97. While mop-up continues, there are still some tricky weather conditions in the forecast, namely high winds.

Interesting fact: Through this morning, approximately 130,000 feet of hose has been used, 182,000 gallons of retardant dropped from fixed wing airplanes and 1.9 million gallons of water dropped from helicopters.

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