Local crews return from Snag Canyon Fire

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Firefighters from Yakima County have been helping the effort to control the Snag Canyon Fire. One West Valley firefighter is back home after spending four days on the scene. Action News spoke with him about what's already been a treacherous summer.

Despite being home from after fighting the Snag Canyon Fire, Travis Christopher still keeps a close eye on it. He was there along with two other West Valley firefighters.

"We were right at the head of the fire so we were right in the thick of it," he said.

Travis made sure homes and other buildings were protected. Nothing was lost while he was there.

"Once the fire's gone past and their house is still standing, it's great to go in and talk with those people."

Eight homes and cabins were destroyed. For now, the flames are staying away from the rest of them. Travis says they still have to get a lot of attention.

"If not, it'll catch you off guard and it'll sneak up on you and next thing you know, you're off to the races again."

In his four days there, Travis learned how unpredictable the Snag Canyon fire can be.

"As soon as you think you've got it hooked and you think you know what it's going to do, it decides it's going to do something completely different," he said.

Crews worked 12 to 14 hours a day and slept in tents at the Kittitas County fairgrounds. Although back since Sunday, Travis hasn't had the chance to relax.

"We went right back to the grind the next day," he said. "It's wildfire season, there's really no break for anybody."

Travis doesn't expect conditions to get any better as long as it stays hot and dry. Doing a job that requires him to be ready for anything at anytime.

No more firefighters from the West Valley Fire Department are expected to be sent back to the Snag Canyon Fire.