Highway 97 above Goldendale opened Wednesday afternoon for the first time in a week as fire crews began to get the Mile Marker fire under control.
According to news releases, the fire was 65 percent contained as of Wednesday night and had spread over 26,793 acres.
“Firefighters continue to experience difficulty in completing line construction along the western boundary within the Satus Creek drainage. The challenging topography and erratic winds increased fire activity, making it difficult for firefighters to construct a line,” according to an email from public information officers.
So far the only injuries reported have been minor ones related to the heat. Preventing dehydration has been a priority as fire fighters work in the heat on steep, rugged terrain.
Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office downgraded the emergency level from Satus Pass south to Box Canyon Road from “advisory” to “precautionary.” Evacuation levels for the Cleveland and Bickleton areas remain the same until further notice.
The Red Cross Emergency Shelter in the area has been closed.
The progress of the fire can be tracked online at www.inciweb.org/incident/3557.