Wildfire near Selah burns 10,000 acres; homes OK

SELAH, Wash. (AP) -- A state fire official says a fast-moving central Washington wildfire that has burned across more than 15 square miles, or 10,000 acres, of grass and brush is 15 percent contained.

Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Bill Slosson says that word came late Tuesday from the incident commander at the Cottonwood 2 fire near the town of Selah (SEE-la).

Twelve homes had been threatened earlier but Yakima County sheriff's Sgt. George Town says a wind shift turned the fire away from those homes.

Washington Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Janet Pearce says two outbuildings have burned since the fire started Tuesday morning.

She says more than 100 firefighters battled the fire, along with six helicopters and two air tanker planes. Slosson says more equipment and about 50 fresh firefighters have been sent to the fire.

Selah Deputy Fire Chief Jim Martin says the fire may have been started by sparks at an informal shooting range igniting dry grass in a wildlife area.

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