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Homes Protected in Selah Brush Fire

SELAH, Wash -  Crews now have a brush fire under control that threatened homes in Selah.   It took 70 firefighters and two helicopters to put it out.   With the current heat wave, it had the potential to be much worse.

One hundred acres burned Tuesday night in Selah.  Part of it was on the L.T. Murray Wildlife Reserve.

Helicopters that are owned by the state Department of Natural Resources were brought in from Ellensburg.  They were dumping water on hotspots to get the fire under control.

Crews were also asked to protect near by homes incase the flames spread.

Fire officials say weather conditions could've made things a lot worse.

"With the high temperatures and the wind that blowing out here today, this had a potential of going much bigger," says Mitch Cole of the Yakima Fire Department

The fire started around five Tuesday night just off of Buffalo Road, near North Wenas Road.

Crews stayed in the area for the better part of the evening working on hotspots.  Smoke from this fire could be seen from Yakima.  No homes were damaged and nobody was injured.

Fire crews are still trying to figure out a cause for the fire.

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