• Wildfire near Selah 15 percent contained

    By: Gary Horcher


    NEAR SELAH, Wash. - Wednesday morning, it was announced that the wildfire burning near Selah has been mostly contained, but a Department of Natural Resources spokesman said that information was not accurate.

    The fire quickly doubled in size Tuesday and residents were put on notice for a possible evacuation.

    The DNR urged homeowners to pack animals and necessities, and be ready to leave fast.

    The fire has burned 9,500 acres and is 15 percent contained.

    275 people are out fighting the fire Wednesday and digging a line around it. 

    Ten-foot high flames raced towards Nicole Hopper's neighborhood, as fast as a person could run.

    “We just started grabbing pictures and you know, old home videos actually."

    Hopper told KIRO 7 the fire spread over hundreds of yards in less than 15 minutes.

    “By the time I opened the sliding glass door in the front it was already basically in our front yard," she said.

    As flamed surrounded the house, firefighters--and sprinklers stopped flames twenty feet short of her house.

    “The firefighters did a very nice job with keeping it contained,” she said.  Obviously as you can see--they saved our house."

    At that time, the wildfire was spreading quickly and the Washington State DNR said it could be days before the fire was contained. 

    The cause of the fire has not been determined. But officials have said it may have been started by target shooting that ignited dry grass.

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