Brush fire spreads to 3,000 acres around Hatch Grade

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Fire burns through the wind turbine toped hills around Hatch Grade Sunday afternoon.

State resources have been mobilized to fight a major brush fire in the Hatch Grade Road area south of Wallula.

"It went to state mobilization about 6:30 a.m. today," said Patti Loney, a spokeswoman with Fire District 6 out of Touchet.

The Hatch Grade Fire has spread to about 3,000 acres, burning in sagebrush and Conservation Reserve Program land, Loney said. No structures, including the numerous wind turbines in the area, have been reported harmed. About 50 firefighters from Touchet, College Place, Columbia County, Benton County and other districts were working on the fire, along with private landowners.

The fire broke out Saturday afternoon and its cause was still unknown.

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