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Snag Canyon Fire Grows As Winds Kick Up In The Area

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Fire crews are still working hard to fight a wildfire burning just north of Ellensburg. Fire crews are still working hard to fight a wildfire burning just north of Ellensburg.
ELLENSBURG, WA-- Fire crews are still working hard to fight a wildfire burning just north of Ellensburg.

It has been a long couple days for fire crews in Ellensburg.

"We were able to save a lot and with a lot of good work throwing retardant down and putting dozer lines where they need to be, we saved a lot of homes," said Incident management team member Nick Cronquist.

Right now the flames are only at 10-percent containment and burned about 3500 acres.

With harsh conditions, it is taking a toll on firefighters.

"The biggest hurdle is the terrain. This fire is moving.  It's very steep terrain.  It's very inaccessible terrain.  It's very dangerous terrain to put a whole lot firefighters," said Cory Wall from the U.S. Forest Service.

High winds are adding to the stress.

"It's moving towards the Okanogan-Wenatchee national forest.  We don't want it to go there either, but it is moving to an area that is less likely to cause damage to property," Wall said.

"It's hard to gage what's big or what's worse, but these fires...each one is horrible in it's own right,” Cronquist said.

With 16 homes already destroyed and 179 homes evacuated, fire crews cannot ease up.  They still have to keep on pushing to make sure everything gets under control.

"Our priority is always safety, fire crew safety and safety of individuals and homes.  We're getting the best from the county because this is a high priority fire because of it's uniqueness and where it is located," Cronquist said.

So now it is onward and upward as fire crews come together to put an end to the Snag Canyon Fire.

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