As of 1pm Wednesday, people living in Wilson Creek, Alford Road, Look Road, Rustic Acres, and east of that area were being allowed to return to their homes. Evaluation of the wildfire is ongoing, and those around the Lauderdale Junction area were affected Wednesday. This includes Burke Road, Ranch Road, Mountain Creek, and Fir Tree.
The count on homes burned remains at 60-70 primary residences. Several hundred outbuildings have also burned. Crews hoped to assess the damage Wednesday and begin informing homeowners of whether their house survived the fire or not.
More than 900 firefighters are attacking this blaze from on the ground and in the air.
Officials remain concerned about the wind and high temperatures, and say afternoons tend to be the most active time for a fire. This wildfire still has the potential to spread rapidly. Lightning is also in the forecast for Saturday so there's hope significant progress will be made prior to that.
The hotspots being focused on Wednesday are Bettas Road and Sunlight Waters.
Minor facial burns to one firefighter were reported. Otherwise, no injuries. 420 animals are staying at the Kittitas County Fairgrounds.
Several million dollars has been spent so far in this suppression effort. This does not include the damage to homes.