Heat still on for Washington wildfires
Thursday, September 8, 2011
SEATTLE (AP) -- Warm dry weather is forecast to continue into next week in Washington where firefighters are trying to contain wildfires on the Olympic Peninsula where a 600-acre fire is isolated and near Satus Pass where a 5,300-acre fire has burned nine homes.
The National Weather Service says a high pressure system over the Northwest should last through the weekend with cooler temperatures returning later Monday.
Fire managers say firefighters are working around the clock at the fire that broke out Wednesday near Satus Pass in south centeral Washington, destroying the homes and outbuildings. Another 75 homes have been evacuated. Traffic on Highway 97 is disrupted.
Fire managers expect they'll be able to contain the fire Friday that broke out Aug. 31 in a wilderness area near Brinnon. No structures have burned.