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Progress Made in Eastern Washington Fires

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Fire crews battling the Mile Marker 28 fire near Satus Pass say Thursday’s winds helped blow some of the flames back into interior sections of the fire and keep the fire within fire lines.

The fire is 75 percent contained after burning 27,000 acres. Highway 97 is still open, but there are delays with traffic being guided by pilot cars.

Firefighters hope to have the fire fully contained by next Tuesday. The cause is under investigation.

Meanwhile The Colockum Tarps Fire is now at 30 percent containment. It has burned 70,000 acres and reached the edge of a wind farm about 17 miles east of Ellensburg.

The Wild Horse Wind Farm has 149 turbines that are designed to withstand brush fires. The turbines have been put in safe mode and are not generating electricity.

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