Here's what the fire situation looks like as of this afternoon:

-22,000 Acres Burned

-About 900 Firefighters hard at work

-Now about 25% contained

-100 structures destroyed, including at least 60 primary residence homes.


The Kittitas County Sheriffs office released a new fire map today that shows some of the evacuation levels lifted for some residents near the Southeast corner of the fire.

Wilson Creek, Alford Road, Look Road, Rustic Acres, and areas east of there have reopened. Evacuation orders have reduced from Level 3 to Level 2 on Sunlight Drive, Clubhouse Drive, Cricklewood Lane, Ellensburg Ranches Road and Hayward Road.

Both U.S. 97 and S.R. 10 run directly through the fire and remain closed.

Half a dozen aircraft were flying the fire again Thursday, dropping thousands of gallons of water and retardant. Washington National Guard helicopters alone dropped 80,000 gallons of water on the fire on Wednesday.

Fire incident commander Rex Reed says that the goal for Thursday is to get the fire 50% contained.

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