Lots of Help and Hard Work Help Slow Schneider Springs Fire
So far no homes have burned and no lives have been lost in The large Schneider Springs Fire. Even though firefighters have watched the fire grow fire officials say they've had a lot of successes in saving homes and properties of people who live in the fire area.
MORE FIRE GROWTH BUT IT'S SLOWING WITH CONTAINMENT
Today the fire is more than 67,534 acres growing from 64,000 acres on Friday. Firefighters say it's now 3 percent contained after many days of no containment.
A press release from the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest says crews are currently
"crews and dozers will continue construction of indirect containment lines on the northern portion of the fire on Bumping River Road today.
Fire managers will also be scouting for opportunities to use natural topographic features along with existing roads to extend the preliminary containment lines.
Structure protection efforts will resume around the fire as firefighters continue to evaluate and assess the work that needs to be done to protect private property, especially along the Highway 410 corridor and US 12.”
A BIG TEAM HAS ARRIVED WITH LOTS OF RESOURCES
A Type 1 incident management team is now in command of the fire after taking over on Sunday. The fire is huge and the management teams are pros at attacking large growing fires so officials are hopeful they're on they're way to full containment sooner than later.
All LEVEL 3 evacuation notices remain in place for people who live on SR 410 from the intersection of Highway 12 to Little Naches and Bumping Lake Road...officials also issued Level 2 be ready notices to those living on Highway 12 from the intersection with SR 410 to the end of The Tieton Reservoir Road. More evacuation notices could be issued Friday and into the weekend.
State officials now estimate full containment by October 1.
Calmer winds and cooler temperatures are expected to help firefighters battle the flames this weekend.
554 people are working to fight the fire.
The officials say check with Yakima County Office of Emergency Management’s official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/YakimaCountyOEM for updates on evacuation information.
The fire was started on August 3 by a lightning strike.
Campfire restrictions remain in place in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.