Hot dry conditions and steep terrain are making firefighting a challenge on the Miriam Fire burning near Clear Lake and White Pass. Bill Dean with the State Department of Natural Resources says the fire remains at 10 percent containment but it's grown from 2,250 on Tuesday to 2,655 acres Thursday. He says containment has been a challenge because firefighters can't work directly on the fire because it's in very steep rugged areas. "They're putting in hand lines in areas that are safe to work in."
Dean says safety is the number one factor in fighting the fire. All evacuations orders remain in place. Prep work is ongoing in the White Pass ski area near the high camp lodge by setting up water holding tanks and laying out hose. And a firefighter camp remains on the base so if you're driving be careful and watch for firefighters and fire engines and other equipment.

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