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Snag Canyon Shelters
Mon August 4, 2014
Snag Canyon Wildfire Shelters in Place
About 200 firefighters are working to contain as much of the Snag Canyon wildfire as they can today before forecasted winds pick up later this week.
The lightning-sparked wildfire in Central Washington has burned about a dozen structures in Kittitas County.
79 homes have been under mandatory evacuation orders since the fire started ten miles north of Ellensburg on Saturday. It's unclear how many people have had to leave since many structures are summer cabins or outbuildings.
Jill Beedle is with the Kittitas County Emergency Operations Center. Beedle said as of this morning no people have moved into the Red Cross shelter set up in Ellensburg. But people have brought some livestock to be sheltered at the Kittitas County Fairgrounds, and there's room for more.
The wildfire has burned nearly three square miles so far. Meanwhile, the largest wildfire in Washington state has burned nearly 400 square miles.
Fire officials said the Carlton Complex Wildfire southwest of Okanagan is 82 percent contained.
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