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New Wildfire Breaks Out On South Cle Elum Ridge

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YAKIMA, Wa.- So far the wildfire that started on the South Cle Elum Ridge last night has burned just under 500 acres leaving firefighters stretched thin between the Snag Canyon fire near Ellensburg and the newest outbreak of fires.     

 Officials at the command center in Ellensburg say they are sending help to Cle Elum as well as resources.

 Kelly Stover, a Public Information Officer at the command center said, "We will be supporting the South Cle Elum fire until they are up and running at full speed. We'll be sharing resources, we've already bumped over aircrafts, and some ground resources to help them."

Residents near the wildfire burning on the south Cle Elum Ridge say the fire broke out around 4:30 last night and fire crews were on their way shortly after.

The ridge is densely populated with trees, so combined with the gusty winds the area has been experiencing,  these conditions could cause this fire to grow quicker than expected.

Paul Miller owns property up near south Cle Elum Ridge and says after hearing about the Snag Canyon fire, and then having one break out even closer to home has been anything but a good feeling.

 So far no evacuations have been issued, but people have been warned fires are burning south of the ridge.


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