Fire forces closure of Brothers Wilderness Area



EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — The Olympic National Forest has closed the Brothers Wilderness Area because of a wildfire.

The fire is burning in the wilderness next to Olympic National Park. The U.S. Forest Service said Tuesday that visitors to the closed area can be fined between $5,000 and $10,000 and imprisoned up to six months.

The fire started Aug. 31 and has burned 1,230 acres.

East of the Cascades, a wildfire that has burned 29 homes and 79 outbuildings near Satus Pass is 70 percent contained. A smaller management team will take over the fire on Thursday.

Western Pacific Timber Company has donated $25,000 to the Klickitat Valley Fire Victims Fund to help those who lost their homes. The company will match additional contributions to the fund up to another $25,000.