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Crystal fire near Wenatchee now 30 percent contained

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EAST WENATCHEE, Wash -

A fire burning on the north edge of East Wenatchee, Washington, in Douglas County is 30 percent contained according to crews on the front line.

The Crystal Fire started just after midnight on September 1. Strong winds accelerated the spread of the blaze through dry brush and grass through the night, threatening nearby homes and orchards. Local authorities issued level 2 evacuations in the early morning hours for those homes and closed some roads in the Legacy Orchards neighborhood. Additional resources were brought in to help fight the fire Saturday afternoon.

Firefighters on the initial attack from Douglas and Chelan Counties and the Bureau of Land Management were able to successfully protect homes until reinforcements arrived. Those additional resources, including firefighting aircraft, were used to limit fire growth on Saturday. Firefighters made significant progress in establishing containment lines. At last report the Crystal Fire was 2,610 acres and 30 percent contained.

Overnight, firefighters patrolled the fire to prevent it from expanding. Despite some strong wind gusts, containment lines held.

Firefighters say Sunday's weather should help crews as they continue to strengthen containment lines and extinguish hot spots.

All evacuation orders for the fire were lifted Sunday morning. 

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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