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Neighbors Cope After Cottonwood 2 Fire Destroys Fields & Pastures

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A small rural community in Selah tries to return to some normalcy after a brush fire grew out of control Tuesday, threatening some homes and scorching fields and pastures. A small rural community in Selah tries to return to some normalcy after a brush fire grew out of control Tuesday, threatening some homes and scorching fields and pastures.
SELAH, WA - A small rural community in Selah tries to return to some normalcy after a brush fire grew out of control Tuesday, threatening some homes and scorching fields and pastures.

Tara Cosbey goes on a ride to try to de-stress after what was a hectic day.

"Yesterday, I had to move my horses because the smoke was scaring them," said Cosbey. "So I have to move my horse down here, and then she started freaking out more because the smoke started covering everywhere and the helicopters were scaring her flying around."

Many neighbors didn't want to share their story on camera, but off camera they said so many people offered to help move horses and get people out of their homes and into safer areas. They said firefighters moved so quickly putting structure protection around houses, and they're just amazed homes are still standing today.

However, firefighters said their job isn't done yet.

"We don't like to turn our backs because we know it could get right back up and take another day of running at us," said Jen Croft, a Fire Incident Commander. "This fire yesterday went from 50 acres to 10,000 acres in a 10 hour burning period. So we know that it always has that potential to get up and do that again today."

Crews said one of their biggest challenges for Wednesday is navigating the steep and rocky terrain that slopes down along the Yakima Canyon River.

"That rocky terrain, you'll see a lot of boulders and debris fall down the hill there, and that's also a source of spotting and rolling material for the fire to re-ignite," said Croft.

Crews said weather conditions are favorable, and there's minimal fire activity.

Even more good news, the evacuation order was lifted at 1 p.m. Wednesday so everyone has been allowed to return to their homes.
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