People of Northwest Public Radio
Snag Canyon Fire
Mon August 4, 2014
Wildfire Near Ellensburg, Wash., Grows
Firefighters are battling a lightning-strike wildfire that’s grown quite large just north of Ellensburg. It’s called the Snag Canyon Fire. It’s burned about 3,600 acres and is challenging firefighters who are trying to secure lines closest to town.
Hundreds of homes are threatened. Between 8 and 10 buildings are reported this morning to have burned. Sarah Foster is an information officer with Washington State Incident Management Team 1. She says the Snag Canyon Fire grew quickly over the weekend and the erratic winds are making it very unpredictable.
Foster: “We’re hoping that resources are coming in from all across the state and around the region to help fight this fire. But as everyone knows with all the fires we’ve got in all of Eastern Washington and now in Oregon and other states as well, finding the resources is becoming more of a challenge.”
She says they just don’t have enough firefighters. An emergency shelter for livestock and other animals has been set up at the Kittitas County Fairgrounds. There are a few horses and dogs there so far.
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