CASHMERE, Wash.-- State, federal and local firefighters are attacking a new wildfire burning in a central Washington canyon north of Cashmere.
The wildfire has grown to 300 acres by Thursday evening and is not contained, but is slow-growing. Crews worked overnight and hope to make progress thanks to cooling weather.
Central Washington Interagency Communications Center spokesman Jim Duck says the fire in Hay Canyon quickly raced across about 50 steep acres of grass, brush and light timber after starting late Wednesday afternoon.
A Level 3 evacuation order was issued for one residence in upper Hay Canyon. Any residences from the end of the pavement on Hay Canyon Road up the canyon are under level 2 evacuation notices. Areas below that are under level 1.
No structures have been burned.
Hay Canyon Road was been reopened after it was closed to everyone except landowners to facilitate access for firefighers and for public safety reasons.
Four helicopters were fighting the fire, along with three 20-person hand crews and numerous engines from the state Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Forest Service and a local fire district.
There's no containment yet and no word on the cause of the fire.