Crews Battling Snag Canyon Fire
Flames and columns of smoke burn north of Ellensburg.
The Snag Canyon Fire, started up during Saturday's lightning storm.
Katie Koens' family owns a cabin in the danger zone, they were evacuated shortly after had started meters from their building.
"I feel like I'm going to throw up every time not knowing, or how you just don't know what's going to happen," said Koens, "It's a feeling that you don't want to feel."
So far, the fire has burned more than 1,800 acres, and destroyed between 8 to 12 homes -- the Kittitas County Sheriff tell us that number will be confirmed once crews go out and survey the burned area.
Containment was listed at 0% as of this afternoon.
In addition nearly 180 people living near the fire have been evacuated, while 200 firefighters work to build lines around it.
Incident command says more firefighters are being called in today -- the 200 personnel already on hand are being stretched thin as we reach the fire season's homestretch.
"It's hot, it's dry, and everyone's been working for over a month, there's a lot of fatigue starting to set in," said Sarah Foster from incident command, "It's been a long season already and we anticipate it's going to continue."
As the fires continue to burn north of Ellensburg, Katie hopes it steers clear of her family's cabin.
"My family has been up here since my dad was 13, he's 50 now," said Koens, "It means a lot to us to have it saved."