CLE ELUM, Wash. (AP) - Better weather conditions over the weekend have helped firefighters gain ground on fire that has scorched dozens of homes east of the Cascades. Jessica Payne, a spokeswoman for the Taylor Bridge fire burning east of Cle Elum said Sunday that lightning strikes hadn't materialized as previously feared.
The Taylor Bridge Fire broke out last Monday at a bridge construction project and has burned across more than 23,000 acres of grass, sagebrush and timber. Payne says the plan of attack for today is to focus on the northwest corner of the fire.
Firefighters also made progress at a wildfire near Grand Coulee Dam that burned nearly 11,300 acres. It broke out Tuesday evening near the community of Elmer City and scorched two outbuildings and threatened several homes. It was 93 percent contained by Sunday morning.