New wildfire sparks near Naches; complex fires burn on

New wildfire sparks near Naches; complex fires burn on »Play Video
Photo by Sarah Navoy, Action News

NEAR NACHES, Wash. -- A campground outside Naches became the latest bullseye of a fast-moving wildfire. Crews managed to save the Wonderland Campground. No one was hurt thanks to a quick response by firefighters.

Nearly a dozen different fire crews set up camp Monday when a fast-moving fire broke out. Even contracted crews working the nearby Yakima Complex fires showed up to help.

Firefighters worked for hours to put out the 30-acre fire.

People living at the Wonderland Campground couldn't do much but watch the flames take over.

"I was waking up to get ready for work and I heard all the sirens," neighbor Janelle Birge said.

"Pretty scary," Wonderland Campground manager Jerry Clayton said. "We were panicking."

Jerry Clayton manages the campground. He was the first to see the flames. Based on the direction of the fire, his house would have been first to go.

"What they're doing is clearing the brush, limbs and stuff to make sure the fire doesn't get out," Clayton said.

Several crews worked to cut away brush and debris that easily catches fire. They tell us a barrier like this one is needed to gain total control. But with high winds in the forecast neighbors hope it's enough.

"It was starting to get a little spooky," Frank said. "A water hose doesn't do much in a fire like this."

Still neighbors at the campground did what they could. But the now-blackened landscape changes the rustic appeal. They're thankful to have a getaway to get back to.

Crews will have to monitor the fire overnight to make sure it doesn't flare up. There is still no word yet on how it started. There were no injuries or homes lost.

Governor Chris Gregoire extended a burn ban for all counties east of the Cascades through Sunday.

Progress on complex wildfires

Firefighters are continuing to make progress on central Washington's two largest wildfires.

Fire officials report the 24-square-mile Cascade Creek Fire on the southwest slopes of Mount Adams is about 55 percent contained.

The 61-square-mile Table Mountain Fire in Kittitas County was about 55 percent contained as of Sunday morning. Fire officials say both mop-up and containment efforts are going well. And more than 1,300 people are still working on that fire.

Weather and fire officials say smoke in the Yakima area was pushed away by winds this weekend but it is expected to settle back in by Monday as the winds die down.

Both fires started in a lightning storm in early September.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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