Some wildfire evacuees getting first glimpse of their homes

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on August 16, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 16 at 5:29 PM

CLE ELUM, Wash. -- Several days dealing with the Taylor Bridge Wildfire has meant several days away from home for hundreds of Kittitas County residents, but on Thursday some evacuees finally got back in and were getting their first look at their property.

Dan Fisher has been anxious since he was evacuated from his home in the Sunlight Water housing development near Cle Elum early Tuesday morning.

“We didn't grab any clothes. We just got in the car and left when they told us too,” said Fisher.

At night he's been at a hotel, but every day he's been at the fire information center.

“If you want to find anything out, you just got to spend your time down here,” he said.

With plenty of smoke still visible, the sheriff's department is being selective, just letting residents in on streets they feel are safe. Fred Niemi got in and discovered his house was still standing.

“Relief for me, but I am feeling the pain for everybody else,” said Niemi.

For now, evacuated residents rely on second hand reports and wait for their green light to go home

“It looks like we are getting close to getting back in, so that works,” said Fisher.

In the Sunlight Water development, one concern is the water supply is down. That means there's no fresh water available. So while some people are being allowed to check on their property, they are being told it's still not a good idea to stay there.

While evacuation orders are being reduced in some areas, there are still checkpoints set up to make sure only residents get back in.

 

KING 5's Natalie Swaby and Liza Javier contributed to this report.
 

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