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Cool, moist air slows growth of Norse Peak Fire

The Jolly Mountain Fire is the size of Bellevue.

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Cooler, moist air moved over the weekend, helping slow the progression of the Norse Peak Fire on the Pierce County side.

Fire officials say the lightning-sparked Norse Peak Fire has burned 49,997 acres on Monday.

The fire was 12 percent contained.

Level 3 evacuations -- meaning leave now -- remain in place in Pierce County for Crystal Mountain Ski Resort, Silver Springs Campground, Silver Creek, Deep Creek, Alta Community, Pick Handle Basin, and Goat Creek. There is also a Level 3 evacuation for Goose Prairie along Bumping River Road in Yakima County.

The 1,449 acre American Fire crested the American Ridge but is hung up on the east side.

State Route 410 remains closed between State Route 123 and milepost 89 near Bumping River Road. Bumping River Road, the 1900 road, and Crystal Mountain Boulevard are closed.

Little Naches and Kaner Flat campgrounds and the Little Naches cabins are all closed.

The Pacific Crest Trail is closed from White Pass to Snoqualmie Pass and the White River entrance to Mount Rainier National Park is closed.

Jolly Mountain Fire

The second largest fire in the state, the Jolly Mountain Fire, has burned 30,720 acres -- larger than the size of Bellevue. It is 15 percent contained

Crews continued to attack the fire from the air in Jungle Creek and Johnson Creek, and sprinkler systems have been set up to protect nearby infrastructure. They may also use aerial operations in the North Fork Teanaway drainage on the northwest perimeter to add depth to existing lines.

The fire has met the containment lines on the western, southern, and eastern perimeters.

Level 1-3 evacuation notices have been issued for the Cle Elum area. An interactive Jolly Mountain Fire Map shows the evacuation notice levels in the area.

Closed areas include forest service lands in the Upper Cle Elum Valley beyond the Last Resort Restaurant on State Route 903 east to Highway 97, Nature Conservancy lands east of Cle Elum Lake, and Department of Natural Resources lands west of Route 97, including all campgrounds in the Teanaway Community Forest.

Governor Jay Inslee declared a statewide state of emergency on September 2 due to the wildfires.