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Snag Canyon Fire Near Ellensburg Now 15% Contained

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A wildfire Kittitas County is continuing to grow due to significant winds in the area. Courtesy: Kristi Anderson Correia A wildfire Kittitas County is continuing to grow due to significant winds in the area. Courtesy: Kristi Anderson Correia
UPDATE: ELLENSBURG, WA. - Firefighters are getting a better containment line around a fire burning near Ellensburg. 

Right now the Snag Canyon fire is 15% contained. More than 600 firefighters are working on the fire that has now burned 8,400 acres since started by lightning on August 2nd. 16 structures have been destroyed, 6 of those were homes in the area.

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A wildfire Kittitas County is continuing to grow due to significant winds in the area.

The Snag Canyon Fire north of Ellensburg has now burned approximately 6,400 acres. About 450 firefighters are working to put the flames out but remain concerned about the weather conditions. Currently seven crews are on scene as well as 48 engines, seven dozers, 13 water tenders, and four helicopters. State fire assistance has also been mobilized.

The fire has destroyed 16 structures, six of those being homes, and is also threatening the Okanogan Wenatchee National Forest. Residents of approximately 200 homes have been evacuated.

Cooke Canyon Road and Colockum Pass Road are closed at Gage Road. They are open to local residents only. Schnebly Road is closed at the gate.

The Kittitas County Fairgrounds is currently housing evacuated animals. There have been no reports of any injuries.

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