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Gov. Inslee Requests Federal Disaster Assistance for Fires

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 YAKIMA, Wa.- The wildfires burning throughout the state this summer have prompted the governor's office to request federal disaster assistance for the areas affected by these monster wildfires.

The fire has now burned through almost 9,000 acres and crews say the fire is now about 15 percent containment.

Fire crews and rescue teams are working around the clock, making sure their number one priority through this ordeal is firefighter and resident safety.

Officials say a total of 8 homes have now been destroyed as well as 11 summer cabins, however there is looking to be a bright spot on the horizon for those living in and around snag canyon. Crews say the temperature decrease could help containment.

"The night crew made good headway. They had a good package together that they handed off to the day crew and those guys were out there finishing that work. With our lower temperatures today and higher relative humidity I have faith that were going to see that number increase," says public information officer Cory Wall.

Officials are hopeful that after today the containment level will rise, allowing them to protect structures north of the ridge where fire activity has increased.

Crews at the command center say the governor's request for major disaster relief has not been extended to the snag canyon area as of now, however if the situation worsens, the area could be included.



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