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Firefighters put out two fires in Selah but cause of fires are still under investigation

Firefighters put out two fires in Selah and cause of fires are still under investigation.

YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. - Two wildfires are burning in the Selah area.

Multiple efforts are working to control a little over 600-acre brush fire at Wenas Lake as of Friday, 2:29 a.m. according to the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center.

Firefighters from all over the upper valley, the department of Natural Resources and the Department of Fish and Wildlife responded to contain the fire.

While the fire grew quickly in size, Deputy Fire Chief Jim Lang said the firefighters got help from the cool air from the early morning.

"The lighter winds don't push the fire and the higher humidity in the air helps calm the fire down. The fire activity is lower," Lang said.

A second fire, known as the "Cottonwood" grass fire has burned 25 acres since 7:20 a.m. Friday on Sheep Company Road.

The fire only burned about 20 acres but the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Fish and Wildlife also responded to this one with the support of the Selah Fire Department.

There was a helicopter called in, but the ground crews were able to get it under control before it showed up. So they had it fly over to make sure there were no other fires that could have started in the area.

Seth Rollins with the Department of Natural Resources wants everyone to keep their yards maintained and ready for potential fires.

"If we can have people take care and clean up around their homes it allows us to focus on putting the actual fire out rather than trying to save homes," Rollins said.

Firefighters are unsure of the cause of both of the fires and they are under investigation.

Updates regarding the fires can be found here.

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