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      Spreading wildfire threatens homes near Ellensburg

      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.

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