EUREKA, Wash. -- Fire crews were standing down today after quelling a blaze that burned about 34 square miles in northern Walla Walla County over the weekend.
The fire began Friday night and burned about 21,260 acres between Lyons Ferry Road and the Snake River. About 185 firefighters from across the state, 40 engines and a helicopter were called in to battle the blaze, which burned wheat stubble, grass and sagebrush.
A machine shed and a shop facility were burned, but firefighters were able to save homes, outbuildings and other structures. No injuries were reported.
"The fire is contained and basically we're de-mobilizing," Brandon Lewis, operations section chief, said this morning. "We're transitioning back from the (state) mobilization team to the home team."
Firefighters had hoped to contain the fire by Friday night, but on Saturday morning dry conditions and strong winds caused the fire to go out of control again.
Firefighters were also hampered by the steep terrain and lack of roads, which limited access to the fire.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation, officials said today.
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