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Forest Fire Continues to Burn in the North Fork Area of Tampico

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TAMPICO, Wash-- Firefighters work into the night, trying to contain a forest fire west of Yakima in the North Fork area of Tampico.

"It's kinda scary cause when you see it coming over that ridge you don't know how close its getting. It can be scary," said local homeowner, Ruby Homer. Her home is so close to the fire that the helicopters pick up water from her pond.

Smoke from the fire billowed over the hillside, visible from Yakima. The closer to the fire you get the smoke turns black and thick. The dry hot conditions don't help.

"They're predicting red flag warnings for winds. So we wanna get a pretty good handle on it right away," said Nathan Craig, deputy chief with West Valley fire.

Already a 60-acre fire if the winds pick-up many homes over the ridge will be threatened. Helicopters drop water from the air as crews clear dry brush--taking away the fire's fuel.     

Firefighters say their main goal is to protect people and their homes, "They've got some trigger points set-up if they get to a certain point they'll evacuate those," said Craig.

No stranger to these forest fires Ruby and her family go through the drill every season.

She said, "We start the sprinkler, get the ground saturated here and if it's really bad we hose down the house. And we kinda start getting things organized in case we need to evacuate."