Weather playing a big role in the fire fightPosted: Updated:
NEAR CLE ELUM, Wash.-- The weather has played a major role in this fire, as hot temperatures have created a lot of dry brush and fuel. Luckily, crews haven't seen temperatures in the triple digits lately, but all that could change.
Winds have been relatively calm the last couple of days and that's what crews are saying has been helping them get a handle on this blaze.
But, by the weekend that weather is supposed to get much worse, and that's what could make this fire really get a whole lot bigger.
"We need to take advantage of the conditions, knowing that the forecast is not in our favor. And as it gets warmer and dryer, of course it's harder on the firefighters, it's harder to stay hydrated," said Fire Information Officer, Mick Mueller.
Cooler temperatures and higher overnight humidity have helped crews get around the Taylor Bridge Fire.
Thursday, the National Weather Service estimated a high in the low 90's, but Friday, crews say the temperatures could jump up five degrees or more, adding to the already dangerous conditions in the fire zone.
And if that wasn't enough, crews say the forecast is calling for lightning over the weekend which raises the danger level for firefighters and adds the possibility of new spot fires.
"With atmospheric instability, the chance for dry lightning increases and erratic winds. And of course that'll have more affect on fire behavior," said Mueller.
So with bad firefighting weather on the way, crews have really kicked it into high gear to try and get as much of this fire contained as quickly as possible.