Wildfire Near Ellensburg, Wash., Grows

Aug 4, 2014

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.

The Snag Canyon Fire is sending plumes of smoke mixing with storm clouds above tinder-dry hillsides just outside of Ellensburg, Wash.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

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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