Manastash Ridge Fire Growing With No Containment
Don’t expect the haze in and around Yakima to improve any time soon.
A fire burning along Manastash Ridge, south of Shoestring Lake is still pouring smoke into surrounding cities like Cle Elum, Ellensburg, Naches and Yakima.
The fire is has charred about 1,000 acres and is zero percent contained Friday night.
No homes or structures are threatened at this time.
The fire was started by lightning, along with approximately 30 others on August 9.
All of the local fires except this one and the Conrad Lake Fire were controlled by initial attack forces.
The Manastash Ridge Fire, burning at 6,000 feet elevation in subalpine fir/whitebark pine forest types, became active on Monday, August 19.
Jumpers and rappellers attempted to make use of natural rock barriers, helicopter water bucket drops and some retardant to slow fire spread.
The public can track the Manastash Ridge Fire, or any other fire, at the Washington Incident website.