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August 12, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Monday’s lightning starts 17 fires; all but 2 are contained

Monday night’s lightning storms led to 17 fires in Washington, according to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center. Information Officer Jean Nelson-Dean said the fires burned about 1,370 acres. As of Tuesday morning 15 fires were contained, Nelson-Dean said. Fire fighters are still trying to contain two of the new fires. The Haven Lake fire northwest of Olympia has burned about 285…

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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…

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August 4, 2014 at 7:26 AM

Wildfire threatens more homes near Ellensburg

The Associated Press ELLENSBURG, Wash. — Firefighters worked overnight into Monday morning trying to contain a spreading wildfire that has burned about a dozen residences and threatens 180 more about 10 miles north of Ellensburg, on the east side of the Cascades about 100 miles east of Seattle. A spokesman for fire managers, Nick Cronquist, says…

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July 3, 2014 at 9:18 PM

New wildfire burning near Ellensburg

ELLENSBURG — A new wildfire has burned across about 2,000 acres of sagebrush south of Ellensburg in central Washington, temporarily closing a nearby section of interstate highway. The state Transportation Department said a section of eastbound Interstate 82 was closed Thursday evening due to the smoky fire in the Manastash Ridge area. It reopened around 9…

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May 16, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Cougar trapped near Ellensburg after attacks

The Associated Press ELLENSBURG — State Fish and Wildlife officers trapped a cougar Thursday north of Ellensburg that they believe has attacked farm animals and a pet dog. Capt. Rich Mann told the Daily Record newspaper the cat had to be killed because of attacks livestock. It’s believed the cougar attacked and injured a dog Wednesday and that…

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May 11, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Woman injured when truck hits cow near Ellensburg

ELLENSBURG — A Yakima woman was hospitalized after the truck she was riding in struck a cow on Highway 97 north of Ellensburg Saturday night, reports The Yakima Herald-Republic. The Washington State Patrol said Ronald L. Hines, 69, of Yakima, was going south when his Chevrolet pickup struck a cow in the roadway at 10:10 p.m….

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December 9, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Ellensburg twins plead to trying to kill father

ELLENSBURG (AP) — Twin Ellensburg brothers pleaded guilty to attempting to kill their father at the home they shared. The 25-year-olds, Caleb and Joshua Bledsoe, were sentenced Friday in Ellensburg to nine years in prison. The Daily Record reports they had been charged with first-degree attempted murder, arson and possession of improvised explosive devices. In…

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May 29, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Group to move 2 remaining CWU chimps to Canada

ELLENSBURG  (AP) — A nonprofit group plans to move the two remaining chimpanzees at Central Washington University in Ellensburg to a sanctuary in Canada. The Friends of Washoe group owns the chimps at the university’s Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute. Chairman Greg Beach told The Daily Record of Ellensburg for a story Wednesday that the decision was…

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September 21, 2012 at 9:37 PM

State: Contractor will get bill if found liable for Taylor Bridge Fire

The Associated Press OLYMPIA – Washington state has warned a construction company that it will be liable for property damages and firefighting costs if investigators determine its work started a wildfire northwest of Ellensburg. The Washington state Department of Transportation notified Conway Construction Co. by letter on Friday that its contract makes the company responsible for safety…

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