Dayton-area fire declared contained


DAYTON -- A fire that burned about 9,000 acres was declared contained Sunday.

State crews called in to fight the Hubbard fire were demobilized Sunday evening, said Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste. The fire was about 15 miles east of town and at its peak had about 175 personnel assigned to fight the blaze.

The lower portion of Tucannon Road, which had been closed because of the fire, was reopened Saturday evening, according to the state patrol.

The fire started Wednesday afternoon when a combine ignited a 50-acre fire. The fire was mostly put out in two hours, but it was rekindled Thursday afternoon by 30 mph wind gusts and low humidity caused by a low-pressure system that moved through the state.

Fire officials said a single barn structure and some farm machinery were destroyed by the fire, but no other damages or injuries were reported.


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