Firefighters make progress containing Cottonwood 2 Fire north of Selah

Firefighters make progress containing Cottonwood 2 Fire north of Selah »Play Video
YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. -- Ash and the faint smell of smoke covers north Selah. 10,000 acres burnt by the Cottonwood 2 Fire. The flames came close to Rhonda Davis' house.

"It over took my place within minutes," said Rhonda Davis.

She lost her shed, a car, four pickup trucks and a boat. Personal treasures she can't recover.

“Just everything that the fire caught, it just took. And, all the stuff I'll never ever be able to replace," said Rhonda.

While no homes were lost, firefighters say three or four secondary buildings were destroyed. But, they have turned a corner on the largest fire in Yakima County so far this year.

The fire activity is low with about 300 crews working to put out hotspots.

"We're worried and concerned to some extent about the firefighters safety and the risk and exposure on that steep rocky cliff, that is hands down probably the biggest risk and exposure to our fire crews right now," said Jen Croft, US Forest Service incident commander.

Firefighters paid a lot of attention to rocky terrain along the Yakima River. By Wednesday afternoon, they had a line around two thirds of the fire and lifted the remaining evacuation orders.

Rhonda is glad to go back home, but it's not easy.

"It's going to hurt to see everything being taken away cause it’s destroyed, but...Everybody's fine. I have my home and I'll just move on," said Rhonda.

Moving on and remembering what really matters.

Crews plan to work into the evening. It's not clear if they will be needed through the night. Investigators say the fire started on a shooting range at the end of Sheep Company Road.