Wildfire Forces Dozens Out of Homes

<p>Colockum-Tarps Fire</p>

Colockum-Tarps Fire

Smoke blankets the Kittitas Valley -- the Colockum-Tarps fire marches it's way towards evacuated homes.

Cecelia Armijo lives 10 miles from the edge of the fire lines -- she watched it creep into her backyard over the past few days.
 
"It snows basically ash constantly, the sun doesn't shine, the smoke is so thick that it's hard to breathe in," said Armijo, "It takes [away] your breath."

The fire started in Chelan County over the weekend - it's now in Kittitas County.

Several neighborhoods at the edge of the town of Kittitas have been evacuated, more people may have to leave at a moment's notice.

The Red Cross set up a shelter in Ellensburg, and is expecting about 30 people to come through the doors tonight.

"It's actually scary to think that somebody that you know could be in harm's way," said volunteer Sheryl Swory, "When something of this magnitude occurs, people kind of just panic, and don't know what to do."

So far the fire has burned more than 90 square miles of land; three times more than the Taylor Bridge Fire did last year.

It's also roughly two-thirds the size of Seattle.

"It's a very large fire, it's creating a lot of smoke, taking up a lot of resources," said Undersheriff Clayton Myers, "But direct threat to personal property and lives is significantly lower."

The Kittitas County Sheriff's Office says that's because most of the land, burned or threatened, is uninhabited -- except for a few along the edge of the county limits.

That's not stopping some from fearing the worst.

"I'm basically a positive person, but I have a feeling that it's going to be more devestating than we can imagine at this time," said Armijo.

So far the fire is about 8% contained, 370 fire personnel are working on the firelines -- no word yet on what caused the fire.