• Wildfire forces evacuations in Central Washington


    ELLENSBURG, Washington - One home was burned and several other structured were threatened Monday afternoon by a wildfire that had burned 800 acres near Ellensburg, firefighters in Kittitas County said.

    "Hwy 10 and Taylor road and lookout mountain residents should evacuate," Kittitas County Fire & Rescue's Richelle Risdon tweeted.

    It isn't clear what caused the Taylor Bridge Fire, as officials have called it. It's burning near Milepost 90 on State Route 10, which runs parallel to Interstate 90 between Cle Elum and Ellensburg.

    Risdon said Monday evening the fire was 12 miles long and had jumped State Route 97.  The Washington State Department of Transportation said it would close the highway between Milepost 147 and Milepost 149.

    Helicopters are on scene and an air tanker was said to be headed toward the area. 

    For updates on the fire on Twitter, follow KIRO 7 and @KCEmergency (Risdon's account): 

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