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Firefighters setting fire lines around Jolly Mountain Fire to 'trap' the blaze

Firefighters setting fire lines around Jolly Mountain Fire to 'trap' the blaze.

CLE ELUM, Wash.- The Jolly Mountain Fire has been burning for over two weeks and has now reached over 4500 acres burned.

Firefighters working 17 straight days on a fire with zero percent containment is usually not a good combination.

However, the conventional way of fighting a fire is thrown out the window when it's is on top of a mountain.

Now the location of the fire isn't the only problem. The terrain is as well. They've made this fire lines just so they can get through it a little bit easier and have a space to fight the fire if it comes this far.

Dawn Fouts is the public information officer for the fire and says they are taking more of a wait and see approach rather than jumping right in.

"We are going to set a trap for that fire so by building these indirect fire lines, waiting for that fire to come to a safer area so we can successfully attack that fire," she said.

While only a few areas near Teanaway West Fork road have been evacuated, Fouts and the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office have let surrounding cities know they should be ready to evacuate at any time.

"Get things you need. Important documents together, medications you might need if you have to leave at a moments notice," she said.

Like many of the firefighters working on the lines, Fouts is finishing up her fourteenth straight day on the fire. Some of the crews have come from Idaho and others coming all the way from California so they've had to spend the night in tents.

With over 300 people working on the fire, they hope to have all the fire lines and prep work before it gets close.

For more information on the Kittitas County Sheriff's Office evacuation warnings and the Jolly Mountain Fire.

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