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Crews battle Snake River fire

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WHITMAN COUNTY, Wash. -

UPDATE 8/4/16 9:09 p.m.

Fire crews continued to battle the Snake Rive Fire Thursday, increasing containment to 30%. The fire is currently burning 11,000 acres.


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From the air and the ground, fire crews from around the state are working to put out the Snake River fire

"It started yesterday from an unattended campfire," said Pullman Fire Chief Mike Heston.

Despite burning thousands of acres, it's only claimed one outbuilding. 

"Two things really made a difference. We had farmers with plows who started plowing in front of the fires," he explained. 

During the fire's chaotic start, farmers told KHQ they had come with water to save their fields. 

Their homes were saved, but now the fire is moving toward new ones. 

"We have  a few homes on Wawawai Road, where if the fire jumps that, we'll have to do some evacuations," the fire chief explained. 

As firefighters work around the clock to put out these flames, they have a reminder for the public.

"People camping, be careful. You should not be burning. Do not leave your fire unattended." 

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