WHITE PASS, Wash. -- Fire crews are settling in to monitor the Miriam Fire, which has burned near White Pass since July.
Yakima County’s Office of Emergency Management has lifted evacuation orders for the area, including campgrounds on the shore of Clear Lake, because of recent rain and snow in the area, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
Fire crews began removing equipment from the area, and shifting from firefighting to monitoring the 5,400-acre fire following rain in the mountains Sunday, the release said.
Along with monitoring the slow-growing fire, crews will also repair fire lines that were established on Forest Service Roads in the area, according to the Forest Service.
There are 37 firefighters on scene, according to the Forest Service. That’s down from the hundreds that were there at the height of the fire, which was first spotted July 30.
Smoke will continue to be visible as the fire burns pockets of fuel within the containment area until additional moisture comes, the release said.
The lightning-sparked fire has cost $14.13 million to fight, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.