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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

August 3, 2014 at 10:33 AM

Firefighters contain new wildfire near Twisp

UPDATE, 1 p.m. | The Snag Canyon fire near Ellensburg has grown to 3,600 acres, according to the state Department of Natural Resources. The fire is 5 percent contained.

ORIGINAL POST | The Associated Press

TWISP, Okanogan County — Firefighters have contained a wildfire between Twisp and Winthrop that started Friday and burned six to eight homes.

Fire spokesman Brian Scott says firefighters have built a line all the way around the Rising Eagle Road fire.

He says they’re making really good progress on the fire that has burned about 500 acres and a much larger complex of fires in the same area.

Although there were some new fires started by lighting in North-Central Washington on Saturday, none were serious and all were extinguished quickly.

Scott says evacuation notices are being revised today and some people may be able to go back home.

As progress is made in Okanogan County, a new wildfire started Saturday night on a ridge north of Ellensburg. Fire officials believe it was caused by lightning.

The Yakima Herald reports the Kittitas County fire about 12 miles north of Ellensburg had burned about 100 acres by 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Department of Natural Resources says the fire is burning in sagebrush and timber.

A thunderstorm sparked another fire to the east of Naches on Saturday night but fire officials say that one was put out quickly.

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