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Back fire helps Twisp

Many businesses were open in Twisp on Thursday despite evacuation orders still in place. “The people who stayed are carrying on,” said Twisp City Councilman Dwight Filer. He and his wife packed up their cars Wednesday night, but they stayed – though their cars remain ready to go. Filer said the fire threatening Twisp made it to the top of the ridge overlooking the town and started heading down the hill. But firefighters set a back fire, which has created a gap between the fire and city limits. Filer said the City Council met today and declared an emergency. He saw fire trucks in town today from Seattle, Gig Harbor and Snohomish County. “There were fire rigs from all over the state today,” Filer said. “It’s pretty reassuring to have these guys here.” Another fire to the east of Twisp appeared to grew dramatically during the day, Filer said, but it seemed to be heading east.
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