(Updated 11:30 P.M. ) Miriam Fire Grows With No Containment
The Miriam Fire burning near Clear Lake has now reached 700 acres with no containment. But cooler weather is helping to slow the flames says spokesman Randy Shepard. He says it's not an easy fight against the blaze located in a remote area near Clear Lake. "It's coming down to the 1207 road and that's where we're doing a lot of our work. But it's very steep rugged terrain."
Shepard says it's tough to fight the fire in those areas with limited resources as they try and establish fire lines safely. 170 firefighters are battling the blaze. Shepard says the weather is cooler Friday and firefighters are hoping to make progress on the fire.
All evacuation orders remain in place near Clear Lake and the Rimrock Lake. The Tieton road remains closed which means there's no access to the south side of Rimrock Lake.
The Miriam Fire burning near Clear Lake continues to grow according to Horace Ward the Senior Emergency Planner with the Yakima Valley Office of Emergency Management. The fire is now at 650 acres with no containment. But he says and Incident Management Team from the U.S. Forest Service is now in place near the White Pass ski area attacking the fire with 145 firefighters helicopters and other equipment.
All evacuation levels remain in place. Level 2 "be ready" evacuation orders have been extended to cabins in the areas of Andy Creek, Boot Jack, Russel Creek and Indian Creek Corral, Bear Creek and Bear Cove. Ward says other evacuations may happen in the near future depending on the direction of the fire. The fire was started by a lighting strike last weekend and continues to threaten structures near Clear Lake as well.