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Helicopters and Planes Play Big Role in Fighting Snag Canyon Fire

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OUTSIDE ELLENSBURG, WA. -- The Snag Canyon Fire has now burned more than 10,000 acres North of Ellensburg and drawn firefighting teams from all over the country. 

The hills on the growing Northern front are extremely rocky and hard terrain to access on foot for firefighters. Which is why aircraft have been so extremely important to fight this fire. 

12 helicopters are flying non-stop to help slow down this fire. Even 3 air tankers are being utilized to drop thousands of gallons of water and fire retardant at one time. But these aircrafts aren't exactly putting out the fire themselves. They still need help. 

"The air attack doesn't put the fire out," Melissa Yunas said. "It actually cools it down so ground fire fighters can get down there safely. They work in combination. All you see behind me is air attack going on but you don't see the men who are trucking up this hill to fight this fire."

The Snag Canyon Fire has reached over 10,000 acres burned so far but the danger level has lowered according to officials because the fire is burning toward the North end were there aren't very many structures. Still the containment level stays at 30% and firefighters are hoping that the weather conditions in the next couple days, including possible thunderstorms and lightning, don't make things harder for people on the ground.