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Firefighters Make Progress on Snag Canyon and S. Cle Elum Ridge Fires

Firefighters battling fires in Central Washington are finally getting some much needed help from mother nature.

Rain has fallen on the Snag Canyon fire northwest of Ellensburg.

As a result, the fire is barely moving and in some places, the fire is actually smoldering.

However, fire crews worry that warmer weather will increase the fire's behavior and that will result into more visible smoke.

The fire, which as destroyed 21 structures, including 10 homes, was caused by lightning.

More than 12,000 acres have burned and the fire is 70% contained.

And good news in the fight to contain the South Cle Elum Ridge fire as there was no increase in acres burned yesterday.

Firefighters were successful in getting a line around the western flank of the fire and additional rain and cooler temperatures are helping crews gain an upper hand.

Lightning is suspected of starting this fire which as burned 894 acres.

So far, no structures have been destroyed and the fire is 60% contained.

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