Miriam fire near White Pass grows to 700 acres, evacuations still in place

WHITE PASS, Wash. - Fire crews continue to battle flames near White Pass. 

The Miriam fire has burned about 700 acres and is still zero percent contained. 

Fire crews said they have been focused on limiting the spread of the fire and protecting structures at Clear Lake. 

Multiple air tankers applied over 24,000 gallons of retardant and 5 helicopters dropped over 72,000 gallons of water on Thursday.  

Firefighter said they will continue to use airdrops to help them cool down hot spots around the fire's perimeter. 

A dozer line was constructed on the east flank of Road Mountain to check the spread of the fire towards Clear Lake. 

The lightning-sparked fire started Monday morning around 11:30 a.m. two miles east of White Pass Ski area, which is within the Goat Rocks Wilderness on the Naches Ranger District. 

The fire has prompted several evacuations since it started. 

Level three evacuations are still in place for the Clear Lake area and Rimrock Lake and level two evacuations for the Silver Beach Resort area. 

Temperatures will remain cooler, but fire crews said gusty winds, particularly on the ridges and exposed slopes may flare-up the fire behavior. 

The fire is expected to be contained by Sep. 1. 

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