Friday, July 23, 2010

An aerial view of the Cowiche fire shows severe damage - KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

As crews work to contain the fire we wanted to see how much damage has been done to all of the land out there.  

An aerial view of Cowiche shows thousands and thousands of acres of charred land, homes in danger, and smoke continuing to rise.

 Firefighters in Yakima along with the Tri-City area including Benton and Franklin Counties have been working to contain it.

 "I heard reports of 40 to 60 mph winds over in Yakima even though we were pretty calm here," Chief Mike Spring of Benton County Fire District 4 said. "Wind driven fire is just going to move on you."

Chief Spring says at one point it was so bad, flames injured one crew on the scene.

 "We heard a fire truck got burned over, some guys got sent to the hospital, so things got bad. If that's happening to firefighters it's a bad fire."

As we continued to circle the area, the damage was obvious and the ash still visible.

Crews tell us the scattered small fires still left are what they're worried about as they try to make the area safe once again.

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