Firefighters gain ground on Mount Adams fire



YAKIMA, — Firefighters are gaining ground on a wildfire burning south of Mount Adams but continue to try to contain dozens of other wildfires in central Washington.

Five large fire complexes are burning in the region, and hundreds of residents have been evacuated or have been warned to be ready to flee if a fire in their area grows.

The Cascade Creek Fire south of Mount Adams has burned 7,000 acres, or 11 square miles, but was 40 percent contained Wednesday.

Nearly 2,000 firefighters are working to contain more than a dozen wildfires burning in the Wenatchee area. The largest of those fires has blackened nearly 14,000 acres, or about 22 square miles, north of Entiat and is 80 percent contained.

Dozens of fires also are burning in Kittitas and Yakima counties.