Crews Confident Over Control of Kittitas Co. Wildfires
Both the Snag Canyon and Cle Elum Ridge fire have scorched over 13,000 acres.
The fire north of Ellensburg has already destroyed 20 structures, including 10 homes, but crews believe that may be where it stops.
Both the Snag Canyon and Cle Elum fire are at 87% and 77% containment -- at this point, crews are moving into the mop-up stage, where they will spend less time putting out the remaining flames, and more time scuffing out potential spots that could spark up.
Right now, an elite type-1 management team is handling the fire, however, a smaller type-3 team is on their way -- the fire may be on it's way down, but that way down could take some time.
"When the weather pattern is what it is right now, it's dry, it's hot, it's going to take weeks, maybe longer than that to get this fire 100% out," said incident commander Jim Grant, "It could take a season ending event, which would be a significant amount of rainfall."
The type 3 management team is expected to come in tonight, and should be taking over by Friday night.