(Updated Wednesday) Firefighters Winning Burbank Fire Fight
The Burbank Fire continues to burn on this Monday.
All evacuations have been reduced to Level 2 (Be Ready) as the risk from the Burbank fire toward homes has been greatly reduced this Monday. It's now estimated at 12,000 acres with 80% containment. Firefighters say better mapping shows the fire at 12,000 not 13,000 acres as they reported Tuesday. Full containment is expected Wednesday.
THE FIRE HAS BURNED SINCE SATURDAY
The Burbank Fire burned thousands of acres on Saturday and into Saturday night...as people were evacuated in the fire area. But everyone has been allowed back home as fire officials say the investigation as to how the large brush fire started continues.
The fire is located west of South Badger Pocket Road and east of I-82. Yesterday afternoon the fire was spreading in a south/southwest direction. State and local firefighters are working with Yakima Training Center Emergency Operation Center to douse the flames.
LOTS OF EQUIPMENT AND MANPOWER ARE ON THE SCENE
There's a lot of equipment and firefighters on the line. According to the Yakima Office of Emergency Management, "two helicopters are engaged on the incident: one helicopter is a US Army Reserves Aviation Battalion performing bucket operations and sourcing water from dip sites within the training center. The other is a helicopter attached to the Washington State Department of Natural Resources."
The fire started at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday near I-82 and milepost 18 in the Burbank Creek area. Firefighters were on the scene some 10 minutes later and have been fighting the fire ever since. The fire has threatened a number of homes but no structures have burned.
The cause is unknown as fire investigators are on the scene.
THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES TODAY ALONG WITH THE FIGHT
Fire officials say "the fire started adjacent to I-82, not from within the training center. Due to a red flag warning (hot, dry, and windy weather conditions which mark a high potential for fire activity), no training was taking place in the Yakima Training Center when the fire ignited."
The fire investigation and the fight continues Today.
The American Red Cross opened a shelter at Summitview Church of Christ, 100 N. 72nd Avenue on Sunday morning.
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