Taylor Bridge Wildfire Burning Near Cle Elum Fire Now At 25% Con - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Taylor Bridge Wildfire Burning Near Cle Elum Fire Now At 25% Containment

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CLE ELUM, Wash. (AP) - Hundreds of firefighters using planes, helicopters, bulldozers and hand tools have managed to contain 25 percent of a central Washington wildfire that has destroyed dozens of homes across about 35 square miles. 

The containment figure announced Wednesday evening is up from the previous 10 percent. 

Fire spokesman Glenn Kohler says officials ordered more evacuations late Wednesday on the Taylor Bridge Fire's north flank. He didn't know how many people were affected. Hundreds have left their homes. 

The fire that started Monday has scorched more than 22,000 acres. More than 800 people are working to suppress it. 

Authorities say at least 60 primary residences have been destroyed, but conditions are still too dangerous to come up with an exact count.

According to the Kittitas County Twitter feed, the entire town of Lauderdale is under a mandatory evacuation notice. That same Twitter feed also revealed that one firefighter has minor injuries to his face.

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