Peninsula: Fire crews end Cascades work; to return home

Most of the firefighters dispatched from Clallam and Jefferson counties to fight the wildfires in north-central Washington will return home by week’s end, officials said.

Aided by cooler weather, firefighters appear to have slowed the advance of two major blazes.

At one point, nearly 2,000 firefighters were working to quell the flames of the Libby South and Thirty Mile fires near Twisp, located approximately 95 miles north of Wenatchee.

By Tuesday, Joint Fire Information Center officials had released at least 300 firefighters to return home.

But not all firefighters are heading back to the Peninsula.

Fire officials said some personnel will remain at the Thirty Mile and Libby South blazes. Others will be reassigned to different fires burning east of the Cascade Mountains.

Full details appear in today’s edition of the Peninsula Daily News. Click onto “Subscribe” to have your PDN delivered to your home or office.

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