WHITE PASS, Wash. - Firefighters say a wildfire burning in the White Pass area has grown significantly Wednesday night.
The U.S. Forest Service said the Miriam Fire, located two miles east of the White Pass Ski Area, has scorched 1,948 acres as of Thursday morning, swelling to roughly 700 more acres from the previous day.
The fire is now nine percent contained. Crews will continue to hold and mop up along FR 1207 and monitor the fire’s eastward spread, according to an update.
Another fire located in the Goat Rocks Wilderness was detected Wednesday afternoon, southwest of Shoe Lake. Fire officials said this fire likely started over the weekend by lightning, the suspected cause of the Miriam Fire. Firefighters will also monitor this new fire.
The USFS says active fire spread is expected Thursday due to dry, breezy conditions with temperatures in the 90s. Due to critical fire conditions, the National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning in effect until 11 p.m. Friday. Under a Red Flag Warning, officials said the weather could contribute to fire spread and any thunderstorms could lead to new fires.
As of 6 p.m. Thursday, the Yakima Valley Office of Emergency Management (OEM) said no one will be allowed to go into the road closure area on Tieton Road due to anticipated fire behavior.