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Crews Making Progress on Snag Canyon Fire

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ELLENSBURG, WA. -- The Snag Canyon Fire continues to burn in Kittitas County with 6 cabins and 10 other structures already destroyed. It started Saturday about ten miles north of Ellensburg, and is still threatening hundreds of homes. 


Washington is stretched thin with firefighters all over the state so reinforcements are coming from as far away as Arizona. The Snag Mountain Fire exploded since lighting hit the hills on Saturday night and  has burned through 1,930 acres. All some people can do is watch and pray the fire spares their home. 


"I just feel like I'm going to throw up not knowing," Katie Koens said. "You just don't know what's going to happen. It's a feeling you don't want to feel. It's a feeling that I can't do anything. Hopefully they can save it. "


Katie came as far as she could look on. Her cabin is just under the ridge right by where the red dye is. For now Katie thinks her cabin just barely made it.


"The fire came 10 feet away," Katie said. "You can't see my cabin. All you can see is smoke coming up and you get that feeling that it's burned down"


But others have not been as lucky. Between 8 and 12 homes have been lost as the fire continues to move rapidly with changing winds. Back at the command center, officials worry as the thermometer pushes triple digits. 


"Wildfire fighting in this kind of heat is really dangerous so we're making sure that they've got lots of hydration, lots of shade," Sarah Foster of the Department of Natural Resources said. "To make sure they don't get the heat related illness that's common in wild land fire."


Katie says she can't thank the firefighters enough for what they have done. But she still wonders if what she has now, will be there tomorrow. 


"My family has been up here since my dad was like thirteen," Katie said. "He's fifty now. So it meant a lot to us to have that saved."


A feeling so many all over Washington know all too well.


All around the community you can see that this fire has people on edge and is affecting their daily lives. It's all some people can talk about. Monday the Ellensburg National Night Out celebration has been canceled. So a tough time for this community again, just two years after the Taylor Bridge Fire devastated this area. 



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