Fire Near Mabton Could Be Contained This Evening, July 31st, 2017

From the Yakima Herald

Update 1:45 p.m. Containment could come as soon as this evening, a spokesman for the state Type 3 management team handling the fire said.

Firefighters from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, state Department of Natural Resources, Yakima, Kittitas, Clark, Okanagan counties and contractors spent Monday strengthening the lines around the fire and mopping up hot spots, said spokesman Guy Gifford.

The state incident management team assumed command of the fire at 6 a.m. Monday.

The fire is burning 2 miles southwest of Mabton.

Update 10:40 a.m. The fire southwest of Mabton is now estimated at 10,000 acres.

High temperatures throughout the day are expected to pose a hazard to fire crews, according to a news release from the Incident Response Team.

Parts of Glade Road within the fire perimeter are closed.

Update 10:25 a.m.: The Glade 3 fire is at 20 percent containment, and crews are expected to bring it into full containment Tuesday, said Guy Gifford, spokesman for the state Type 3 Incident Command Team in charge of the fire.

“We have a lot more fire fuel because of the wet spring,” Gifford said. The fire is burning through grass and sagebrush on slight slopes.

A total of 191 firefighters are working the fire, with 29 engines, three hand crews and three water tenders.

An outbuilding was destroyed by the fire, but no one has been injured, Gifford said.