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Fire crews investigate damages from the Cowiche Wildfire

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COWICHE, Wash.- The Cowiche wildfire burned thousands of acres reaching orchards, destroying out buildings and getting within feet of dozens of homes.

"The wind was blowing it across this way but it was getting larger and as it picked up it was also creeping close to our house," said Merry Smith, a homeowner.

Over 300 firefighters are helping contain the Cowiche Canyon. The fire is out now but there are still several patches of dry land that could catch fire. Crews say this is why it's been such a tough battle.

"You're experiencing flames and fire intensity of 10 to 15 feet high and it's hot, eight to 1,200 degrees and people can't be in and around that there's just nothing they can do," said Chris Hutsell, an Operation Section Chief.

In various parts of Cowiche, you can see the extensive damage to the land but there are other items that were lost to the fire like a $400,000 fire truck, which you can hardly even recognize.

"The fire truck was in a bad spot in and around the fuels. There's nothing they could do the fire came through, crews were able to get out and the truck burned," said Hutsell.

There were also three out buildings that burned and one vacant home.

Investigators say they are looking into how much property is lost but won't expect to have those numbers for a couple of days. 

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