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Conrad fire threatens homes and forces evacuations

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Law enforcement put 50 homes on evacuation notice and a shelter opened up at Naches Middle School. The fire threatened homes, crops, other buildings and power lines. Law enforcement put 50 homes on evacuation notice and a shelter opened up at Naches Middle School. The fire threatened homes, crops, other buildings and power lines.

7-5-18 UPDATE:

SELAH, WA - As winds continue to push the Conrad fire southeast, several people living in the area feel as though it's okay to go back into their homes.

Firefighters were able to stop the flames, but the fire still got fairly close to most houses in the area. 

Arlene and Dick Lanz are among the 75 residents who were asked to evacuate their homes Sunday night due to the Conrad fire. They say that when the fire started they didn't believe they were in danger.

"It was just a little fire and it was called in, and the trucks went up there and it didn't take no time at all," said Arlene Lanz. "It just kept going and then pretty soon it was just down here."

The couple said they decided to leave when firefighters told them their property was under Level 4 evacuation. The couple says they left worried about their home, but that quickly changed.

"The fire guys, they kept ensuring us and kept coming back and updating us about how it was, so that made me fell pretty safe," said Dick Lanz.

Once there were no more flames near their house, the couple returned home and did as the firefighters told them.

"Kept checking for spot fires after they left," said Arlene "They asked us to do that, so it when it was about one o'clock this morning we went to bed."

The Lanzs as well as other residents in the area thank the firefighters for all their hard work.

"I would tell them we really appreciate the good job they did," said Arlene. "We want to thank them; we can't thank them enough."

Fire crews are currently investigating the cause of the Conrad fire.

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7-3-18 UPDATE:

SELAH, WA - Ben Shearer, who is the public information officer on the Conrad fire, says fire crews did an "amazing" job on Monday. 

"They took the wind head on and dug through a lot of very rocky ground in order to get to the seat of many hot spots.  Air Attack teams worked in perfect harmony over head to get water to places where only water was going to do the trick.  We had a good day! We have crews overnight on the fire, patrolling for flare ups during this cold and windy night.  If all goes well and the fire lines hold tonight, we will start releasing resources around 12.  Our goal is to get all of these amazing Firefighters back to their families before the 4th," according to an email sent to NBC Right Now by Shearer. He added, "For you amazing community members who have helped out in countless ways, thank you for your thoughts and actions."

The fire is estimated at 5,200 acres as of Monday night and 20% contained.

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7-2-18 PREVIOUS COVERAGE:

SELAH, WA - State resources have been called in to help with the Conrad fire burning between Selah and Naches. According to the Yakima Valley Office of Emergency Management all evacuations have been lifted as of 10 p.m. Sunday.

It started at 2:30 p.m. Sunday off Box Canyon Road. It began as a small brush fire and the wind helped it to spread quickly. The fire eventually jumped over a nearby hill and at last estimate is 4,000 acres. Law enforcement put 50 homes on evacuation notice and a shelter opened up at Naches Middle School. The fire threatened homes, crops, other buildings and power lines. 

An incident management team has now taken over command and new firefighters are headed out to the fire lines.  According to the state mobilization request, "Mobilization specialists from the Fire Protection Bureau have ordered 5 strike teams of wildland engines and 2 interface task forces.  The fire will be managed by the Southeast Washington Interagency Type 3 Incident Management Team."
 

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