Snag Canyon Fire continues to grow

KITTITAS COUNTY, Wash. -- These next few hours will be crucial for firefighters working the Snag Canyon Fire in Kittitas County. A red flag warning for gusty wind will be in effect until ten o'clock. That could change the course of this fire for better or worse.

Tuesday, it grew to about 3,500 acres while still 10 percent contained. Firefighters from across the country are now working to tackle the Snag Canyon Fire in Kittitas County.

"We're getting the best from the country because this is a high priority fire," said Nick Cronquist, Washington Incident Management Team spokesperson.

Hundreds of firefighters are on the ground. Two planes are dropping water and four planes are dropping fire retardant as often as they can to keep the flames from spreading. Commanders hope that will clear way for firefighters to get closer to the flames.

"Every fire is similar in many ways and they're all their own unique thing in many ways," said Cory Wall, United States Forest Services spokesperson.

The Snag Canyon is quickly burning grass, brush and timber. Fire crews have been able to cool down and secure the southern end of the fire. The wind is now pushing it away from homes to the southeast into Naneum Canyon.

The fire is threatening the Okanogan Wenatchee National Forest. That threat is taking some of the immediate danger away from homes.

"We saved a lot of homes, but it doesn't diminish any of the loss that has been going on in these fires," said Cronquist.

Losses firefighters don't want to see grow anymore even though the flames are spreading. They hope the wind won't deliver any surprises.

There's been no change in the evacuation orders. However, all roads leading to Naneum Schnebly and Coleman canyons have been closed. Six homes have been destroyed along with ten other structures.