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Winds push back date of fire containment

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Cle Elum, WASH.--Gusty winds have pushed back the expected date of full containment for the Taylor Bridge Fire. Full containment is now scheduled for late Tuesday night.

Firefighters prepared for the worst Saturday night and were able to handle all of mother natures' surprises.

"We did get that unstable atmosphere last night," said Public Information Officer Mick Mueller. "We got some gusty winds. However, we were able to contain everything within the lines last night. We did have some spots, but all of that remained within."

Fire crews said they're hopeful that this week will bring more cooperative weather conditions.

"We're hoping to have cooler temperatures and higher humidities forecast for the next couple of days and into mid next week," said Mueller. "That'll really help us out."

Firefighters intended to carry out a burn out operation Sunday afternoon to help reduce fuel. However, high winds made it difficult to do so, and now the operation is scheduled for Monday afternoon. Currently, the Emergency Operations Management for Kittitas County are doing an assessment of the fire damage.

"There are 48 primary residencies lost and 15 out buildings," said Mueller. "At this point, they are 60 percent completed with assessment."

As fire crews continuously work to control the fire, donations keep flooding in. In fact, the Cle Elum Middle School has received so many donations that they cannot accept anymore.

"We're all parents, and these kids that are out here fighting they have moms and dads," said volunteer Debbie Willette. "If my son was out fighting a fire, I would hope a group of volunteers would do the same thing."

If you would still like to donate, crews are asking that you send your donations to Cle Elum Eagles or the Ellensburg Chamber of Commerce.  Once again, the Cle Elum Middle School has stopped taking donations.

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