Grassland fire spreads near Eureka

The fire had covered 23,000 acres as of this morning, officials say.

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A grassland fire burning about 25 miles northwest of Walla Walla near the unincorporated town of Eureka has spread to 23,000 acres, according to Walla Walla County Emergency Management Services officials.

The fire was reported at 3:30 p.m.; cause is undetermined at this time.

Walla Walla Rural Fire Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8, and College Place Fire have responded and Incident Commander is Jim Ruffcorn, chief of Rural Fire District 3 out of Prescott. Besides local fire crews, Spokane and Tri-Cities fire crews are assisting.

Approximately 120 personnel, 28 engines, six water tenders, three command vehicles and two local farm tractors are on scene, according to a press release by Gay Ernst, director of Walla Walla County EMS.

Several residences and outbuildings have been protected and no other structures are threatened. There is no estimated time of containment, Ernst said.

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