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Sheriff Warns About River Danger

Ellensburg, Wash. - The Yakima River is a popular place to get some relief from this hot summer weather, but the dangers that are in the water have the Kittitas County Sheriff's Department asking people to be extra cautious.

"Its an unusual year this year.  A lot of people need to be cautious when they're floating and go to those areas less hazardous," said Kittitas Sheriff Gene Dana.

The river has claimed the lives of two people within three days.  Sheriff Dana says that the waters are pretty safe, but he says people run into trouble when their inner-tube hits some form of debris in the water.

"This year, there's a lot more volume cause of the snow pack and it naturally pushes more trees out there and builds more piles of debris," said Dana.

Dana added that the most important thing for people to know is which areas are the safest.

"You really have to ask the people who live around here, and get a hold of rafting companies, fly fishing companies or even call the Sheriff's office," said Dana.

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