Spreading wildfire threatens homes near Ellensburg

Spreading wildfire threatens homes near Ellensburg »Play Video
Wildfire rages at night near Ellensburg, August 2, 2014.

ELLENSBURG, Wash. (AP) - Firefighters worked overnight into Monday morning trying to contain a spreading wildfire that has burned about a dozen residences and threatens 180 more about 10 miles north of Ellensburg, on the east side of the Cascades.

A spokesman for fire managers, Nick Cronquist, says the Snag Canyon Fire was started Saturday by lightning and has burned just under 3 square miles of grass, brush and some trees. That's about half the size of an earlier estimate.

It's unknown if the houses that burned were full-time residences or summer cabins. Residents of the 180 threatened homes have been advised to prepare to evacuate or to leave. There have been no reports of injuries.

A shelter has been opened at the Mercer Creek Church in Ellensburg.