Crews Make Progress in Central Washington Wildfire

Over 300 firefighters assigned to wildfire



SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Crews aided by calmer winds are making good progress on a 109-square-mile (282-square-kilometer) wildfire in central Washington.

Fire spokesman Rick Acosta says lighter winds are allowing crews on Saturday to get a line around the fire and mopping up hotspots.

More than 300 firefighters are assigned to the blaze along with 35 fire engines.

The wildfire shut down the eastbound lanes of Interstate 90 on Friday, but they reopened later that afternoon and traffic was flowing smoothly Saturday.

Acosta says the fire is burning in brush and grass, mostly on the Yakima Training Center.

Acosta says winds up to 40 mph (64 kph) in previous days caused 40-foot (12-meter) flames. There are no reports of injuries or structures lost in the sparsely populated area.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

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