Cold Creek Fire closes Highway 12 over White Pass

  • Source: Yakima Herald-Republic
  • Published: 09/15/2020 10:45 AM

Highway 12 is closed both directions over White Pass because of a forest fire. The Cold Creek Fire started at 8:30 p.m. Monday and was 60 acres as of Tuesday morning, according to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center. White Pass parks manager Eric Schultheiss saw the fire while driving to the summit and initially responded with mountain manager Ross Forman. Schultheiss said they ran out of water from their water truck and the U.S. Forest Service arrived quickly to take control. Firefighters worked all night on the blaze that began six miles east of the White Pass summit, according to information from the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. More resources, including two 20-person crews, four engines, tree fallers, and helicopters will be arriving today. No structures are threatened.


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