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WILDFIRE WATCH 2014: Snag Canyon Wildfire

WILDFIRE WATCH 2014: Snag Canyon Wildfire

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UPDATE: ELLENSBURG, Wash. (AP) - Fire officials are considering the use of explosives to build a fire break on an inaccessible section of a fast growing wildfire in central Washington.

Officials say the Snag Canyon wildfire near Ellensburg has grown to nearly 14 square miles and is only 15 percent contained.

The explosives crew is looking at the northern edge of the fire, which is near the site where another large wildfire burned in 2012.

A new fire in Central Washington has taken off quickly near Cle Elum. It started around 4 p.m. Thursday and had grown to about 400 to 500 acres by Friday morning.

More than 100 miles northeast of those fires, a wildfire burning on the Colville Reservation has grown to 16 square miles.

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The Snag Canyon wildfire near Ellensburg has grown to 6,400 acres and is being fought by about 450 firefighters.
    
The Washington Incident Management Team reports the fire was started by lightning on Saturday and is burning through grass, brush and timber about 12 miles northwest of Ellensburg.
    
The fire has destroyed eight homes and threatens 179 structures.
    
Firefighters are also battling a wildfire complex on the Colville Indian Reservation, where residents of about 20 homes have been evacuated. The Devil's Elbow Complex of three wildfires was detected Sunday and likely ignited by lightning.
    
It has burned across about 800 acres.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
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