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Fire evacuees looking for places to keep animals

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Ellensburg, WASH.--The Kittitas County Sheriff's office are still asking people to evacuate. Some families said finding a place to keep their animals has been one of the most difficult parts.

The Kittitas County Fairgrounds is working to resolve that problem.

"We went to the Kittitas County Fairgrounds, and they found us a boarder who's been boarding animals for 37 years," said Kat Finch. "Took our two Pomeranians, our two cats and our two big dogs, and they're hanging out over there."

"Right now, we're just housing them providing feed, water," said Matt Anderson, the facility director at Kittitas County Fairgrounds. "Just giving them a place out of the fire, out of harm's way."

More and more animals are coming into the fairgrounds as the wind picks up and the fire progresses. Two vets are checking on the animal's health as they come in.

Not only are vets volunteering their time, but businesses and people around the area are giving whatever they can.

"From hauling to mucking stalls, manning phones--it's been tremendous," said Anderson.

"It's a really big event," said Linda Schactler, the Director of Public Affairs at CWU. "It touches every part of this community and Central Washington, and so everyone's really pulling together."

At this point, the director of the Kittitas County Fairgrounds is asking people to call before they drop off donations. They do not want to get inundated with supplies they won't be able to use.

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