Wind stirs Jolly Mountain Fire overnight, cooler temps expected to calm blaze

Jolly Mountain
Photo courtesy of USFS

CLE ELUM– Yesterday’s sunset in the Wenatchee Valley had that familiar red-colored tint associated with wildfire smoke. The hazy conditions were caused by the Jolly Mountain Fire burning on US Forest Service lands in the Cle Elum area of Kittitas County.

Photo courtesy of Lori Golden Wacker

The Jolly Mountain Fire started from a lightning strike on August 11th.  Officials say it is burning in mostly timber in the vicinity of the West fork of the Teanaway River. At last report the fire had burned over 17,000 acres and is zero percent contained.

Officials expect less fire growth with cooler temperatures as it moves into areas of less dense fuels, and will use night operations to monitor the fire. There are 323 personnel currently working on the blaze.

Several forest service roads and trailheads are closed until further notice.