Fire crews hope weather will help battle Yakama Reservation blaze
TOPPENISH — Firefighters hope Tuesday’s weather will give them an edge on a wildfire that has blackened an estimated 7,000 acres south of Toppenish since starting Sunday.
The fire, burning primarily in grasses and sagebrush on the Yakama Reservation, was estimated to be 50 percent contained late Monday.
Firefighters, whose ranks were swelling to 200 as additional crews arrived Monday afternoon, were helped by lower temperatures and light winds Monday. Similar weather is forecast for Tuesday, in contrast to Sunday when high winds with gusts up to 40 mph quickly pushed flames and prompted evacuations.