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Range 12 fire (South Central Washington)

The massive Range 12 fire east of Moxee City, Yakima County, was 60 percent contained as of Wednesday morning, and fire lines are around the 117-mile perimeter. High winds Tuesday afternoon and evening caused several flare-ups but officials said none of those incidents were able to escape the fire perimeter.

Forecasts call for warmer temperatures Wednesday, but without the strong winds that fueled Tuesday’s incidents.

A detailed survey shows the Range 12 fire has burned 176,600 acres since it was sparked Saturday on the Yakima Training Center grounds, incident managers said Tuesday evening.

Firefighters estimate they’ll have the fire fully contained by Thursday. Crews will spend Wednesday patrolling fire lines and mopping up. Some 250 homes are listed as threatened by the fire, but officials said those buildings are much safer Wednesday than they were Tuesday. However, they’ll remain listed as threatened until the fire is out.

A total of 419 firefighters are assigned to the blaze, including two helicopters and 34 engine crews. Managers said they expect later Wednesday to start releasing some of those firefighters for assignment to other incidents.

— Yakima Herald-Republic


Road 10 fire (Central Washington)

Residents have been allowed to return to their residences after a wildfire prompted the evacuation of about two dozen homes in Central Washington.

A fire spokesman, State Patrol Trooper Jeff Sevigney, says the blaze about 7 miles north of Moses Lake destroyed one home overnight and was not contained as of Wednesday morning.

Officials in Grant County said crews are working to assess the overall damage and dig containment lines.

The fire is estimated at between 4,000 and 5,000 acres. Its cause is under investigation. No injuries have been reported.

“The weather cooperated last night,” Sevigney said. “The wind died down, it cooled off and the fire diminished significantly.”

The fire the state has dubbed the Road 10 fire was considered 0 percent contained as of Wednesday morning, according to an update posted by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.

“The fire’s run was slowed last night but a containment line wasn’t completed,” the sheriff’s office wrote on Facebook. “State resources are making the containment line today.”

The fire is likely to be contained on Wednesday, Sevigney said.

— Seattle Times reporter Christine Clarridge and The Associated Press


Halfway fire (Central Washington)

Crews have halted the growth of the Halfway fire, 25 miles west of Naches, Yakima County, “despite an ominous weather forecast,” according to a news release from the U.S. Forest Service.

Two helicopters and 240 firefighters are battling the blaze, building containment lines and dropping water on hot spots and flare-ups. The fire, which covers 75 acres, was 40 percent contained as of 9:20 a.m. Wednesday, according to the release. Crews plan to spend Wednesday extending and reinforcing containment lines, in hopes of getting to a point where they need fewer firefighters devoted to the effort.

Twenty-five nearby homes are under a level 3 (mandatory) evacuation notice, and four others are under a level 2 evacuation notice (either leave or be prepared to leave on short notice).

The area around the fire is closed to the public. The U.S. Forest Service noted in its news release Wednesday morning that aerial firefighting operations, in addition to the fire itself, can pose safety hazards to people on the ground.

— Seattle Times staff