Rock Hill blaze under control

— Crews are winding down work on the Rock Hill Fire after Tuesdays efforts made significant progress.

There are now 142 firefighters working to contain the blaze that started near McNeil Canyon, down from the initial 247, officials said.

They are mopping up the perimeter of the fire, officials said.

The fire, now 70 percent contained, started the morning of July 6 from causes that are still under investigation, officials said, noting it has since burned 2,208 acres of brush and grass and some pine on the southern end.

“Level 1 and 2 evacuations are still in effect and will remain in effect until tomorrow when the Sheriff’s Office re-evaluates,” fire command spokesman Ron Fryer said. “And there are about 45 homes affected by that.”

According to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, two residences have been destroyed and six structures have been damaged.

One firefighter suffered a heat-related injury, Fryer said. He has since been treated and released.

Roads in the area of the fire remain open.

Nearby, fire crews are also working on growing fires in the Entiat and Bridgeport areas.

Fire crews combatting a blaze near Keller are mopping up that fire.

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