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August 9, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Crews struggle with wind, heat in fire near Ellensburg

Fire crews are still struggling to contain an 8,840-acre blaze about 12 miles north of Ellensburg in Central Washington, called the Snag Canyon Fire.

High winds and rising temperatures made for difficult conditions Friday, as crews worked to strengthen the line around the western and southern edges. A specialized crew used explosives to build a break in a hard-to-access section of the fire.

A lightning strike ignited the fire Aug. 2. It has since destroyed six homes and 13 other buildings. Crews reported one injury Friday — in the camp, not on the line. No further details were available about the injury Saturday.

The Snag Canyon Fire is 25 percent contained and more than 800 people are working to suppress it. The state Department of Natural Resources has issued a closure for the Naneum Ridge State Forest.

Other fire news from around the state:

  • The Little Bridge Fire near Winthrop expanded to 3,200 acres by Friday night, an increase of about 1,000 acres in a day. The fire is zero-percent contained, but no structures appear to be in danger. No immediate evacuations have been issued.
  • More than 900 fire fighters are working to mop up and secure lines on the Carlton Complex Fire, which is now 92-percent contained. The fire is now more than 256,00 acres. No immediate evacuations are in effect right now.
  • Ground crews and helicopters continue to battle the Upper Falls Fire, 17 miles from Winthrop, which saw no significant increase in size Friday. The fire is about 4,200 acres and zero-percent contained.
  • Smoke from a new fire in central Washington near Cle Elum was visible Friday from Interstate 90. That fire started Thursday and has grown to about 400 acres. It was not seriously threatening any homes.

-The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

 

 

 

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