Fire Forcing Evacuations North of Selah
A brush fire north of Selah has forced the evacuation of about thirty homes tonight. Below is an updated release from the Washington Department of Natural Resources:
The Wenas Fire, located near Wenas Lake, approximately 16 miles, NW of Selah was reported at 1240. Approximately, thirty homes, North of the intersection of N. Wenas road and Longmire Ln., have been evacuated. North Wenas road is closed to traffic beyond this point. As of 1900, an estimated 960 acres have burned. The fire, burning in grass and sage brush is reported to be 30% contained. Nine aircraft, including four helicopters, three water tenders, one air attack unit and one lead plane are assigned to the fire. Four bulldozers are being used on the east and west perimeters of to flank the fire with the hope of containing it between the road and Lake Wenas. Firefighters from Yakima County, Kittitas County, Department of Natural Resources and the US Forest Service are fighting the blaze. The cause of the fire is undetermined.