Cooler weather and higher humidity is helping firefighters make progress in fighting the Schneider Springs Fire burning northwest of Naches, which is now at 68,183 acres and 3% contained.
“All of our containment depends on the fire behavior and the weather,” said Jacob Welsh, public information officer for the Schneider Springs Fire.
Welsh said resources are spread thin with wildfires raging across the Northwest, but firefighters are doing the best they can with what they have.
“We have so many fires and not enough firefighters and that’s one of our biggest challenges that we face now,” Welsh said. “548 firefighters for an almost 70,000 acre fire is not ideal, but we’re going to do our best with what we have.”
Firefighters are hoping to expand the containment line they have set up to block the fire’s progress and are working to protect homes off of Little Naches Road and State Route 410.