Klickitat Emergency Services says the two fast moving grass fires near Highway 14 and Highway 97 are now 60% contained. One firefighter did suffer a minor injury to his leg as well. One home, an apartment a hay barn and seven out buildings were destroyed by the flames. Three people are displaced from their homes as a result.
The Junction Fire has burned approximately 2,000 acres between mile marker 100 and 105 on Highway 14, and mile marker 2 and 3 on Highway 97. 12 county fire departments were involved in fighting this blaze, along with mutual aid resources from the state.
Shortly after the Junction Fire started, another three fires were reported on the east side of Highway 97 near milepost 7. The Viewpoint fire burned grass for several hours, burning 1,025 acres. That fire is now 100% contained.
Earlier story below:
Highways 14 and US 97 are open again this morning, but crews remain on scene of two grass fires in the area.
The Klickitat County Office of Emergency Management says what they’re calling the Junction Fire started around 5:15 p.m. yesterday at the junction of Highway 97 and SR 14. There were originally two fires near that area, but they did merge That fire has burned between mile marker 100 and 105 on Hwy. 14 and mile marker 2 and 3 on Hwy. 97. Crews still remain on scene.
Last night 12 different area fire departments responded and the Department of Natural Resources sent a helicopter and two fire engines. Sherman County also responded from across the Columbia. No containment estimate yet on that one.
Firefighters had better luck with the Viewpoint Fire, reported shortly after the Junction Fire on the east side of Highway 97 near mile marker 7. The Viewpoint Fire burned for several hours, but firefighters were able to contain it.
There have been no evacuation orders.
There was an earlier report of a structure being lost, but that has not yet been confirmed.