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Never Before Seen Dangerous Northern Fire Line at Snag Canyon Fire

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 OUTSIDE ELLENSBURG, WA. -- These are the first images from the Northern fire line, the line that officials are most worried about. We can see dozens of helicopters and plans flying in and out of the smoke. But what we can't see might be the most important. 

"We don't see the men who are trekking up the mountain to put out this fire," Public Information Officer Melissa Yunas said. Close to 900 firefighters are aggressively fighting this fire. They have now used dynamite to blast 6 different fire lines. 


Officials are closely watching this un-burned area at the bottom of the canyon. 


"What we're worried about is this center area here," Nick Cronquist, Public Information Officer said. "It's still got a bunch of un-burned fuel and if you look down, there there's a lot of heavy trees."


The weather could either bring some rain and relief, or lightning and high winds which could lead to a situation so dangerous that firefighters would have to pull out and let the fire burn. 


"The future of this fire will be determined by the next couple of days with this weather coming through," Yunas said. "The lightning that could possibly be coming in could start new ignitions and we're a little concerned over that."


There is plenty of expertise handle anything  the Snag Canyon Fire sends their way. Firefighters are on hand from 28 different states, adding to an already history firefighting effort across Washington.


"Really it is an unprecedented event from what I understand," Yunas said. "To have people throughout the United States to come out to Washington."


It's taken a lot of hard work to get this fire to 30 percent contained as it is now. But so much can change over the next few days with the wind conditions and even thunderstorms rolling in possibly creating new fires.

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