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Yakima Co. Search & Rescue Completes Five Back-to-Back Missions

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YAKIMA, Wash.--Volunteers with Yakima County's Search and Rescue team didn't get much sleep over the weekend. They've had five back-to-back missions since Friday.

First, they were asked to set up their Mobile Command Post during the big brush fire near Selah. They worked all through Friday night before heading to the Lower Valley to help search for evidence in a burglary.

Crews said they also made two separate trips to Mt. Adams to search for injured or missing hikers. Search and rescue volunteers said trails have just started to open up around Mt. Adams, and it's very unusual to have this many coordinated search efforts so early in the year.

"This weekend has been one of the busiest that we can recall in recent pasts," said Sgt. George Town with Yakima County Search and Rescue. "We've had a lot of people out for long periods of time, but they're usually over one big mission."

Sgt. Town said being called for five missions so rapidly can be draining, especially for a department that relies heavily on volunteers. Yakima County Search and Rescue currently has around 100 volunteers, but coordinators said they're always looking for more people to train.