UPDATE on the Monastery Complex Fire that is burning near Satus Pass. Nine homes and 10 outbuildings have been destroyed in the blaze. There are no injuries at this time.
The state Department of Natural Resources says 300 people have been evacuated. The fire, near Highway 97, has burned more that 2,000 acres.
According to the Department of Transportation website, Highway 97 is closed in both directions from Bickleton Road to Toppenish (mileposts 13-60) due to wildfires. They say to use alternate routes, like SR 14/I-84 to I-82, then through the Tri-Cities and west on I-82 toward Yakima/Toppenish.
The fire started about noon Wednesday in timber and brush about three miles west of Satus Pass. No cause has been determined.
KNDU and KNDO have a crew getting ready to fly above the fire Thursday afternoon. We will show you the aerials and damage tonight. Our 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts are preempted by football. Watch for the latest pictures and information on this fire tonight after the game, about 8 p.m. And also on 11@11.