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August 6, 2014 at 9:11 PM

Wildfire near Ellensburg grows to 10 square miles

After nearly doubling in size on Tuesday, the spread of the Snag Canyon Fire north of Ellensburg appeared to slow down slightly Wednesday afternoon.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reported that about 500 firefighters were working on the fire, which had burned 10 square miles (6,400 acres) as of Wednesday evening, according to inciweb.nwcg.gov, a government website that provides such information.

But pushed by winds between 25 and 30 mph, the fire was still growing, the newspaper reported.

The fire was considered 10 percent contained. It was started by lightning early Saturday evening and was burning in brush and timber along the ridges and slopes about 12 miles north of Ellensburg.

Over the weekend, six homes and numerous outbuildings were destroyed in the Snag Canyon area where the fire began.

Mandatory evacuations were in effect in recreational areas where there are no homes, said Jill Beedle, spokeswoman for the Kittitas County Emergency Operations Center.

Fire spokesmen say a wildfire burning on the Colville Indian Reservation in northeastern Washington has burned across about 7,000 acres or about 11 square miles.

Residents of about 25 homes have been told to evacuate in the face of the Devil’s Elbow Complex of three wildfires. Detected Sunday, those fires were likely ignited by lightning.

Fire spokeswoman Karen Ripley said late Wednesday that no homes have burned. About 210 firefighters are attacking the flames.

 

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