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The Discovery Fire at the State Ahtanum Forest is at 17% Containment

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YAKIMA, Wash.- Firefighters are trying to contain the Discovery Fire in the Ahtanum State Forest. Small flames are still igniting spontaneously but as of this afternoon the fire containment is at 17 percent.

Firefighters have been putting these flames out for eight days. Thursday's cooler temperature and lighters winds have allowed firefighters to get a better handle on the fire. There are some challenges though. Firefighters are trying to keep dry parts of the forest from catching fire.

"We've got really explosive fuel conditions, fuel is dry and we've got a lot of bug kill timber so it's very easy for fire to torch," said Steve Sabo a division supervisor

Fire crews are working in 14 to 16 hour shifts to keep the fire from spreading. Firefighters say they've covered 3,300 acres of the Ahtanum State Forest.  
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