Crews Fighting New Fire Near Cle Elum

A new fire burns just south of Cle Elum today.

The flames are washed out by the daylight, but Phil Miller says they were as bright as day last night.

"It got big really fast," said Miller, "We saw planes coming in,"

The fire was first reported around 4 p.m. yesterday and has burned at least 500 acres.

No structures have been lost, but residents like Miller have been warned about the fire by sheriff's deputies.

While the fire continues to burn south of Cle Elum, crews are already stretched thin; there are over 500 personnel fighting the fire north of Ellensburg.

Thanks to cooperative weather, the Snag Canyon Fire only jumped a few hundred acres -- up to 8,800.

Containment is also up slightly to about 15%, while over 700 personnel work the lines.

As long as these conditions hold up, incident command says they should be able to spare some of their resources to those in Cle Elum.

"We will be supporting the South Cle Elum fire until they are up and running full speed," said incident command officer Kelly Stover, "We'll be sharing some resources, we've already bumped over some air craft and some ground resources to help them."

Miller simply hopes the fire stays on top of the ridge, and doesn't force him and his neighbors out of their homes.

"it's not a good feeling," said Miller, "But I guess if you have to get out, whatever's left, you just go from there."

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