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FIRE ALERT: Central Wash. Fire 47 Percent Contained

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CLE ELUM, Wash. (AP) - Firefighters are hoping to reach containment Tuesday on a fire that has burned dozens of homes east of the Cascades.
    
A spokesman for the Taylor Bridge fire burning east of Cle Elum says they are expecting the weather to cooperate with firefighting efforts on Monday, for the most part.
    
Mick Mueller says some gusty wind is in the forecast for Monday late afternoon and evening, but rain may also be on the way.
    
The Taylor Bridge Fire broke out a week ago at a bridge construction project. It has burned across more than 23,000 acres of grass, sagebrush and timber in rural areas about 75 miles east of Seattle.
    
More than 1,000 people are fighting the fire and Mueller says they are hoping to do some controlled burns on Monday.

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