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More injured and burned animals showing up at fairgrounds

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ELLENSBURG, Wash.-- Hundreds of animals have also been affected by the Taylor Bridge Fire. A group of veterinarians and volunteers have turned the Kittitas County Fairgrounds into an animal rescue site.

The animal response incident commander tells me they've seen about 800 animals come through the Kittitas County Fairgrounds this week, and he says that while things are starting to slow down, they are seeing more injured animals starting to come through.

"A lot of the homeowners didn't have time to trailer them out and had to cut the fences and turn them loose and hope that they survived the fire," said Animal Emergency Response Coordinator Mark Kinsel.

Kinsel is an Ellensburg veterinarian that's helping organize the animal recovery effort.

He says earlier this week, they saw homeowners bringing in evacuated animals. But now, people are starting to return home and find some animals in bad shape.

The animals that we're seeing now tend to be more likely to be injured or burned, so it makes our job a little more challenging," Kinsel said.

He says they have over 200 animals still being housed at the fairgrounds but that number goes up and down, day by day.

Luckily, they don't have many unclaimed or lost animals. But they do have a "Taylor Bridge Fire Animal Recovery" Facebook page where they post up any unclaimed animals.

Kinsel says the community has really rallied together to provide support and resources to both the victims and the animals .