July 14, 2008
Firefighters Battle Mount Adams Blaze
Firefighters Monday were battling a 500-acre wildfire that spread quickly in a national forest near Washington state's Mount Adams, officials said.
A 35-member special response team responded Sunday when the fire, which started out as 30-acre blaze, overpowered local crews who had been trying to contain it, The (Portland) Oregonian reported.
They'll establish a base camp and try to bring all of the necessary resources to the fire, he told the newspaper. But there's still a good chance this fire's going to burn for the next couple of days.
Ries said officials think the fire was started last week by a lightning strike and smoldered until Sunday's hot, dry and windy conditions set it loose.