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Crews Expect Forest Fire Near Goldendale to Keep Growing

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GOLDENDALE, Wash.--Crews said a fire burning along Highway 97 near Goldendale will get worse before it gets better.

They're calling it the "Mile Marker 28 Fire." The Washington State Department of Natural Resources and Yakama Nation Fire are working together.

Crews said the blaze is currently around 1,700 acres, but they expect it to grow overnight. They said the hot dry conditions are working against them but anticipate cooler temperatures this weekend.

Firefighters said many people are concerned this could be a repeat of the Monastery Complex Fire two years ago. Officials said that devastating fire burned around 5,000 acres north of Goldendale and wiped out nearly 30 homes.

"Many times when people go through a fire like that and trauma that comes through there, you see the smoke, you see the fire, you're definitely going to  have concerns and people should be concerned," said Nathan Rabe, a Fire Management Team Incident Commander. "I hope that people can take the time and get there properties prepped."

"Those that have been through the shelter are eager to have this over and be able to go home," said Rebecca Adams, with the American Red Cross.

Officials said 30 structures have been evacuated from Satus Pass down to Brooks Memorial State Park. An emergency shelter has been set up at "Our Fathers House Fellowship" in Goldendale.

Crews said there is no containment at this time, and the stretch of Highway 97 from Toppenish to Goldendale will stay closed throughout the night.

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