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Cottonwood 2 Fire Near Selah Grows to 10,000 Acres

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UPDATE:  SELAH, WA - A state fire official says a fast-moving wildfire north of Selah has burned more 10,000 acres of grass and brush is 15 percent contained.
   
Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Bill Slosson says that word came late Tuesday from the incident commander at the Cottonwood 2 fire near  Selah.
   
Several homes had been threatened earlier, but Yakima County sheriff's Sgt. George Town says a wind shift turned the fire away from those homes.
   
Washington Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Janet Pearce says two outbuildings have burned since the fire started Tuesday morning.
   
She says more than 100 firefighters battled the fire, along with six helicopters and two air tanker planes. Slosson says more equipment and about 50 fresh firefighters have been sent to the fire.
   
Selah Deputy Fire Chief Jim Martin says the fire may have been started by sparks at an informal shooting range igniting dry grass in a wildlife area.

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SELAH, WA - NBC Right Now has some new information on the Cottonwood Fire burning north of Selah off of Sheep Company Rd. and Old Durr Rd. right now.

At least 6,000 acres have been charred so far.

Crews said 45 homes are currently threatened and people have been told to evacuate.

So far, a barn and a shop were lost in the fire and a house has received some damage.

Jim Hall, the Director of Emergency Management for Yakima County, said the fire started at a shooting range. A person was target practicing during legal hours when a spark took off.

"Fire can go a long ways very quickly, and it doesn't take much to get one going," said Hall. "So caution is the best teacher here and little things can happen that go very out of control."

Firefighters from across the state are coming to relieve crews and bring more resources.

Crews tell us it could take around two to three days to get the wildfire under control.

It's only at about 10 percent containment, and crews said high winds could pose a problem.

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SELAH, WA. - The brush fire burning out of control off of Sheep Company Rd. and Old Durr Rd. near Selah has now grown to 5,000 acres.

The Department of Natural Resources is calling it the Cottonwood Fire. Crews say homes are threatened and they are evacuating people who live in the area.

The Cottonwood Fire sparked a little before 11 a.m. Tuesday.


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SELAH, WA. - Firefighters are working to put out a fire burning off of Sheep Company Road & Old Durr Road near Selah.

The Department of Natural Resources says the approximately 250 acre fire sparked a little before 11 a.m. on Tuesday. Four helicopters, several engines, and the surrounding fire districts are working to contain the fire.

DNR says the fire is currently three-quarters of a mile away from homes. None are currently threatened but they worry that could change.
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