Ellensburg Ranchers Round Up Livestock
As the fire spreads near Ellensburg ranchers are rounding up their livestock and worried some of their animals have already been lost in the fire.
Brenda Repose sits outside to her temporary home at the Kittitas County Fairgrounds.
She was out of town on vacation last night when she got a emergency call telling her fire was headed near her home in Ellensburg and she needed to come home
"So I rushed home as soon as I could and got 17 horses and my kid and my dog out and than got here and got them all set and stable," says Repose.
The Kittitas County Fairground opened its gates last night to hundreds of animals- chickens turkeys and even llamas fill the stables.
Some with their owners but many without- volunteers worry that many animal are unaccounted for and could be trapped.
"A lot of people couldn't get all their horses out or had a full trailer and saw animals that were trapped horses cattle and they started cutting fences that means we have a lot of animals loose and theirs a likelihood they might be injured," says Deborah Schriber-Barkley.
The Red Cross in Ellensburg is also stepping in volunteers have set up two shelters, and bringing in food for evacuees and firefighters.
"There is not only concern about their neighbors home but their neighbors livestock, what people ar going to be eating making sure the firefighters have enough hydration and food- just concern for this community and the neighboring community," says Reinhart.
Central Washington University has even opened up their dorm rooms to emergency evacuees that need somewhere to stay.
Brenda Repose says her home is still intact but shes says if her home does go up in flames- the most important things are right next to her.
"Everybody's worried about their house and their belongings but ya know the animals lives and out lives are more important than any belongings that we can replace."