Firefighting, Wildland Firefighting

Crews Struggle with Wind in Central Washington Fire

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, reports The Seattle Times (

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 a hard-to-access section of the fire.

A lightning strike ignited the fire Aug. 2. It has since destroyed six homes and 13 other buildings. Crews reported one injury Friday — in the camp, not on the line. No further details were available about the injury Saturday.

The Snag Canyon Fire is 25 percent contained and more than 800 people are working to suppress it. The state Department of Natural Resources has issued a closure for the Naneum Ridge State Forest.