Ellensburg wildfire burns a dozen homes

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by KING 5 News and Associated Press

KREM.com

Posted on August 4, 2014 at 5:35 PM

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.
    
A spokesman for fire managers, Nick Cronquist, says the Snag Canyon Fire was started Saturday by lightning and has burned just under 3 square miles of grass, brush and some trees. That's about half the size of an earlier estimate.
    
It's unknown if the houses that burned were full-time residences or summer cabins. Residents of the 180 threatened homes have been advised to prepare to evacuate or to leave. There have been no reports of injuries.
    
A shelter has been opened at the Mercer Creek Church in Ellensburg.

The Carlton Complex, the largest wildfire in state history, was 82 percent contained as of Sunday night. The 251,000 acre fire in Okanogan County is expected to be fully contained by Friday. An estimated 300 homes have been lost to the fire.

A wildfire that started Friday and burned six to eight homes between Twisp and Winthrop has been contained by firefighters.

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.
 

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