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Jolly Mountain Fire continues to grow

Posted at 10:54 AM, Sep 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-04 10:54:29-04

CLE ELUM, WA (KOMO/CNN) - Authorities in Washington state are warning that a wildfire is out of control and growing.

The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for the Jolly Mountain Fire on Sunday, meaning it could spread rapidly. The fire is zero percent contained.

In this time of uncertainty one thing is for sure - this is a community that steps up to help.

"Hometown people coming together," said volunteer Stephen Palmer.

Volunteers from Maple Valley brought two trucks full of supplies and manpower to help families evacuating. Nearly 1,000 homes have been ordered to evacuate under the most urgent level.

"People would do the same for us if we needed help," Palmer said.

Today firefighters say they've been building dozer lines to slow it down. But more than 18,000 acres have been scorched and none of the fire is contained.

"It's right there, it's out your back door," said volunteer Rachael Morrow. "It's a little scary."

Morrow and her babies stopped by the Red Cross shelter to see what help they needed. Volunteers say the shelter might have to move to Ellensburg 30 miles away if the fire keeps creeping closer.

"I'm a stay at home mom and this community is giving, and I want to make sure everybody is taken care of and help and teach my kids about giving back to our community," Morrow said.

And wherever that help is needed, they're all prepared to step up for the long haul

"It's our day off, we got tomorrow off so we'll spend as long as we need to help with whatever people need help with," Palmer said.

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