As the Cow Canyon Fire erupts in Central Washington, evacuations are requested; it is only partially contained.

Wash. SELAH In Yakima County, Washington, evacuation orders have been issued due to a wildfire that is growing.

The Cow Canyon Fire was first estimated to be 5 acres large, but it has already expanded to almost 1,500 acres. About 50 homes in the Selah area, in Central Washington, near Yakima, are under danger. Residents and firefighters have not reported any significant injuries.

Level 3 (GO NOW) evacuation orders have been issued by Yakima County Emergency Management officials for a 1.5-mile radius around the intersection of Malloy Road and North Wenas Road. The Selah Civic Center has been turned into an emergency shelter.

Since it was initially reported about 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday, the blaze has no containment. As the fire burns over grass, bush, and timber in the relatively difficult terrain, numerous teams and planes are on the scene, according to authorities.

Wenas Lake and other nearby bodies of water are used as a source of air resources. Recreational boaters need to keep a safe distance and be mindful of aviation takeoffs and landings.

Dial 509-457-1690 to reach the American Red Cross if you’ve been affected by the fire.

Most of the Yakima Valley will be covered with smoke, which might have an impact on the air quality. For the majority of Central and Eastern Washington, there is also an outdoor burn prohibition in effect.

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