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Firefighters Hope to Contain Wildfire Near Cashmere By Thursday

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UPDATE/CASHMERE, WA - The Hay Canyon Fire, located approximately two miles north of Cashmere, is now estimated to be 300 acres.  Firefighters completed burnout operations and were able to construct a fireline around the entire fire.  

Islands of burning fuels remain in the interior of the fire and smoke will be visible in the fire area for the next few days.  Isolated rain showers fell over portions of the fire Thursday afternoon.

Evacuation Level 2 is in effect and will be reduced to Level 1 by Thursday evening.  The road closure has been lifted and no structures have burned.

Thursday’s firefighting resources included three 20-person crews, two fire engines and a helicopter that delivered water as needed.  Firefighters will be patrolling the fire tonight and crews will return on Friday to continue mop-up operations.

The fire started late Wednesday afternoon and is burning in grass, brush and timber in very steep terrain.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.

On Wednesday, two firefighters sustained minor injuries when they were struck by rolling rocks; no further injuries have occurred.


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CASHMERE, WA - Firefighters hope to contain a 200-acre wildfire near Cashmere on Thursday.

   
Central Washington Interagency Communications Center spokeswoman Robin DeMario in Wenatchee says the fire that broke out Wednesday afternoon died down overnight although it was still smoking Thursday morning. Cooler weather with a chance of showers is helping.
   
More than 60 firefighters are mopping up with helicopters standing by.
   
The fire burned grass, brush and light timber in Hay Canyon about two miles north of Cashmere. The residents of one home were told to evacuate because of the proximity of the fire, although it was not directly threatened.

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CASHMERE, WA - State, federal and local firefighters have attacking a new wildfire burning in a central Washington canyon north of Cashmere.

Central Washington Interagency Communications Center dispatcher Alisha Toombs said the fire in Hay Canyon had burned across 150 steep acres of grass, brush and light timber by late Wednesday night. She said it's about 25 percent contained.

Fire officials have said they're not aware of any threatened homes.

Four helicopters fought the fire until the sun went down. The spokeswoman says firefighters on the ground planned to work through the night.

Dispatch center spokesman Jim Duck said earlier that three 20-person fire crews and numerous engines from the state Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Forest Service and a local fire district responded after the fire broke out late Wednesday afternoon. No word yet on the cause.

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CASHMERE, WA - State, federal and local firefighters are attacking a new wildfire burning in a Chelan County canyon north of Cashmere.

Central Washington Interagency Communications Center spokesman Jim Duck says the fire in Hay Canyon quickly raced across about 50 steep acres of grass, brush and light timber after starting late Wednesday afternoon. He said Wednesday evening he wasn't aware of any homes that were threatened.

Four helicopters were fighting the fire, along with three 20-person hand crews and numerous engines from the state Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Forest Service and a local fire district.

There's no containment yet and no word on the cause of the fire.

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