Crews Battle Trout Fire
RIMROCK, Wash. - The first wildfire of the season has started in our state near Rimrock Resort, thirty-miles west of Yakima.
Officials at the Naches Ranger District say the Trout Fire has grown between 200 and300 acres.
Easterly winds are pushing the fire along steep hillsides.
There are four helicopters dropping water on the flames from the Naches River.
Ground crews are also cutting fire line along the east and west perimeter.
The first fire of the season comes a little earlier than expected.
"Anytime fire season starts like this one right here, we're a bit surprised to have a fire go to 140 acres as quickly as it did, especially in light of the moisture we've had this spring, said Bill Boyum, DNR Southeast Region Manager
Officials believe the fire started on the lower slopes near the Naches River, adjacent to a power line and a road.
The fire has grown to incorporate the efforts of two state agencies representing the Okanogan and Wenatchee Forest Districts.
Sixty people from the Department of Natural Resources are cutting fire line, but much of the area is too steep for foot crews.
"The critical factor here is just the terrain, its been so rough, you can't really use equipment on it, it's an arial show and its hand crew fire line construction," said Boyum.