Cold Springs Fire near Mt. Adams 75 percent contained - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Cold Springs Fire near Mt. Adams 75 percent contained

TROUT LAKE, Wash. - Firefighters have gained 75 percent containment of a forest fire near Mount Adams in south-central Washington, and are focusing on torching fuel within protective lines around the burn.

The 12½ square mile Cold Springs fire has been burning mostly in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest since July 12. About one-eighth of the fire is on the Yakama Indian Reservation.

Firefighting spokesman James Stone says it's important to eliminate large pockets of unburned fuel inside fire lines so it doesn't ignite later in the fire season. Officials say firefighters will likely be at the scene into September.

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