NACHES — The Conrad Lake Fire had grown slightly to an estimated 980 acres Tuesday, while a second fire large enough to require a response from fire crews was also reported burning west of Yakima.
About 40 firefighters and two helicopters were dispatched to the new fire, which was estimated at 25 acres and burning in heavily timbered forest land on a remote area of Manastash Ridge. More specifically, the fire is near Shoestring Lake, several miles northeast of the Forest Service’s Sawmill Flats Campground off State Route 410, about 28 miles west of Naches.
It sent up a column of white, puffy smoke visible Monday evening from parts of the Kittitas Valley and in the Naches area.
“Yesterday when the wind was blowing, it was growing pretty aggressively. But there’s little wind on it (Tuesday),” according to Jim Duck, an operations manager at the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center in East Wenatchee.
Authorities haven’t confirmed the fire’s cause, but lightning might have sparked it, he said.
Neither it, nor the far larger Conrad Lake Fire, burning in the Goat Rocks Wilderness south of Rimrock Lake, is threatening any homes or buildings.
The Conrad Lake Fire was reported at 16 percent contained, with 550 firefighters and support personnel on site. It was started by lightning Aug. 9.