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Fire evacuation centers open

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Cle Elum, WASH--As the fire continues to spread, more and more evacuees are looking for places to stay.
The Centennial Senior Center in Cle Elum was busy Wednesday providing food and clothing for evacuees. The center is also helping people find a place to stay.

"They came through and announced it on their speakers, said be prepared to evacuate," said Mary Belcek. "When I heard that, I hurried up in the house and I grabbed everything I could find to take with me."

"I really thought we were going to lose the place because it {the fire} had jumped the river," said Kari Coshing.

Kat Finch said, "We had two minutes. We didn't even think about getting stuff. We just grabbed the animals and left."

Central Washington University in Ellensburg has also set up emergency housing.

"We were contacted by emergency services yesterday and asked if we could make room for as many as 150 evacuees from the Taylor Bridge Fire," said Linda Schactler, the Director of Public Affairs at CWU.

Families can stay in rooms at Munson Hall. A lot of people are just waiting to hear whether or not their houses are still standing.

"That's been the hardest part," said Coshing. "Not knowing if your house is there or not."

"There's a song out there that says I want to go home, and that's what we're all saying," said Belcek.

Two public meetings will be held Thursday to provide the community with information. The first will be held at Cle Elum Roslyn high school gym at 4 p.m. The second will take place at CWU in the Student Union Recreation Center at 7 p.m.