Taylor Bridge Fire Claims More Homes
More homes burn to the ground in the Taylor Bridge Fire near Cle Elum today, despite progress made fighting that fire.
Flames have burned tens of thousands of acres, and is just 10% contained.
But that wasn't enough to save one man's home.
Dan carter answered a call no person ever wants to receive.
At one this afternoon, Carter founds out the Cle Elum area home he lived in for the past 15 years has burned down.
He says today is the first time he's heard anything about his house since evacuating it Monday night.
The uncertainty created a lot of frustration
"I just wish they had a better way of letting people know, instead of leaving everybody hanging. You know, so we can start making a plan and get on with our lives," said Carter.
Just 24 hours ago, we saw crews fight a portion of the fire that threatened a cluster of homes.
One of which, belonged to Carter.
Today, it looked like crews were unable to calm the inferno, which is still making its way to these evacuated homes.
About 800 firefighters are battling a fire that is believed to have started at the Taylor Bridge just east of Cle Elum Monday afternoon.
The fire is about 34 square miles in size, and has consumed more than 60 houses and forced over 900 people to evacuate.
Although the fire has grown to about 22 thousand acres, crews say it's managed to stay at that size overnight, which will help in the fight.
"We're able to keep it within its existing lines. That gives the opportunity to secure those and allow whatever's gonna burn in the interior to burn down and not threaten to spread beyond its current perimeter," said response team member Randy Shepard.
As for Dan Carter, he says all that is left of his life here is a yellow Mustang, which he will be taking to the west side to live with his family.
"I think I got enough with me that I can continue working and make the best of it," said Carter.
Officials are holding community meetings.
A meeting was held at the Cle Elum High School gym today at 4, the next will be held at Central Washington State University's Student Union building at 7.