SENECA – Some 530 people are assigned to the Parish Cabin Fire, estimated at 5,000 acres in the timberland about 12 miles northeast of Seneca.

The fire continues to spread to the east, and is not posing a threat to the town of Seneca.

Cooler weather conditions Wednesday gave officials time to marshal resources and make good progress on the fire, with bulldozer and hand lines built on the east and west flanks. Crews established an “anchor point” on the southern end.

Roads in the area remain closed for firefighter and public safety.

Wednesday afternoon, officials began escorting evacuated campers back into the Parish Cabin area to retrieve belongings left behind on Tuesday.

The fire’s outbreak forced evacuation of Parish Cabin Campground, Lake Creek Youth Camp and the dispersed campsites in the area. The campgrounds, including Murray and Big Creek, remain closed.

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