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Some evacuation orders lifted

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SUNLIGHT WATERS, Wash.-- Some evacuation orders were lifted Wednesday, but hundreds of people are still being kept from their homes.

Evacuees are living in shelters and motor homes, waiting for news on the status of their homes.

"I'm just thankful right now that we have a home to go to."

Mary Belbeck, Jack Cushing, and Linda Hopper all live in the Sunlight Waters area, outside of Cle Elum. Their homes safe, a big relief for many, while others will eventually return to nothing.

"Knowing that they don't have a place to go to, that's very hard for me," said Hopper.

Evacuation orders are still in place for residents here in the Sunlight Waters community. Homes here, up above, are safe for now but we did get word that homes down below, just a few hundred feet away were completely destroyed.

"All you could see is white ash, a strip of white ash about 50 feet long where they had been," said Cushing.

Some evacuation orders have already been lifted near the Rustic Acres, and Wilson Creek areas, and the community has come together to help all those in need.
"You know how you feel, got good neighbors, you want to help them. That's what I've done, and I'll keep on doing it," said Belbeck.