Wildfires burning near Goldendale, Wenatchee

A task force is briefed regarding the Mile Marker 28 Fire burning 15 miles northeast of Goldendale, Wash. The fire broke out July 24, 2013. Undated photo. (Washington Interagency Incident Management Team)
A task force is briefed regarding the Mile Marker 28 Fire burning 15 miles northeast of Goldendale, Wash. The fire broke out July 24, 2013. Undated photo. (Washington Interagency Incident Management Team)

WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) — Two big wildfires that started last week continue to burn on the east side of the Cascades in Washington.

Fire managers say about 1,300 firefighters are trying to control of the Mile Marker 28 Fire that has burned about 32 square miles around Satus Pass and closed Highway 97 between Goldendale and Toppenish. It is 40 percent contained.

As of Tuesday morning, the eastern flank of the fire was about 10 miles from the town of Bickelton, according to the Washington Interagency Incident Management Team. The town was under an evacuation 1 order, meaning that residents are on notice of the situation, but are not required to leave.

Evacuated residents north of Box Canyon Road were allowed to return home Monday when they were downgraded from a level 3 to a level 2.

The fire broke out July 24. The cause remains unknown.

Nearly 300 firefighters are working at a wildfire that has burned about 66 square miles southeast of Wenatchee in the Colockum Pass area. The fire has burned five homes and several outbuildings. Dozens of residences have been evacuated.

A community meeting was held Monday night at the fire station in Malaga. The Wenatchee World reports about 60 people at the meeting were told the fire is contained on the north side but it could continue growing west and south.

–  KOIN 6 News contributed to this report.

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