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Wildfire Burning Near Ellensburg Fully Contained

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NEAR ELLENSBURG, Wash.-- Just a week after crews reached full containment on the devastating Taylor Bridge fire, another blaze sparked outside Ellensburg keeping them busy all day.

Firefighters were able to get this one under control, but not before some tense moments for people living near the fire zone.

It's a sight all too familiar for people living in Kittitas County, plumes of smoke, water dropping helicopters, and dozens of firefighters trying to get a handle on another wildfire burning outside Ellensburg.

"It was midnight last night, seen lots of bright yellow fire, and smoke," said Ben Smith who lives near the burn area.

The fire, which burned 700 acres in the Parke Creek area about 15 miles northeast of Ellensburg, kept Ben Smith and other homeowners on edge.
"I got two truck and trailers, they're all hooked up and ready to go. Takes me five minutes to jump the horses in there and if that's the case, if it gets close, then I just open the gate and drive the buffalo to the green," said Smith.

Level one evacuation orders were put into effect for 17 homes in the burn area. Those have all been lifted now that the fire is 100% contained.

DNR says over 50 firefighters worked to contain this fire, which was fueled by dry brush and high winds.

"You never know what the weather's going to do to the fire. The wind shifting and that," said Russ Stingley who runs cattle in the area.

Luckily, no homes were destroyed in this fire and no injuries were reported.

As for a cause, crews are still trying to figure out what set off this blaze.