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Snag Canyon Fire Isn't Shaking Residents Confidence

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YAKIMA, Wa.- The Snag Canyon today fire has almost doubled in size, destroying more than 6500 acres, but even at a level three evacuations not everyone has left their homes.

  Up on the ridge, only about a quarter mile from the actual flames, many people are still at home. Helping fire crews and their neighbors battle this monster wildfire.

"We're a pretty tight knit community, working right along side the fire fighters and helping a lot of them and keeping the houses safe," says Paul Arnold, a local resident in Snag Canyon. 

Paul lives less than a mile from where the fires are currently burning,  but he says he'll stay here with his family and friends protecting his land. He's confident crews will be able to contain this fire.

"I'm pretty confident, we have a lot of resources a lot of irrigation going on down by the house and good fire lines built," Paul says in regards what's being done to contain the fire.

This unshaking confidence that is keeping many of his neighbors here at home waiting out the blaze that has taken over snag canyon.

 Paul has family working in the fire department so staying on the mountain and protecting his home is the least he can do.

This brave family hasn't lost their cabin up on the mountain yet, but the blaze has already destroyed much of their timber property.

 They are left hoping and praying the fire doesn't continue and crews will be able to contain the fire before it crests over the ridge.

say the slightest change in wind direction or a fast pick up in speed could drastically change the course of the fire.