Firefighters battling two major wildfires in Walla Walla County

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UPDATED - 08/31/11, 3:35 p.m.

WALLA WALLA — Firefighters were called out to battle two major wildfires in Walla Walla County this afternoon.

One blaze was reported in the vicinity of Harvey Shaw Road and Sudbury Road and the second was in the vicinity of Woodward Canyon Road and Nelms Road. The fire forced the intersection at Harvey Shaw Road and State Route 124 to be blocked off at one point.

The Harvey Shaw Road fire was reported at 11:47 a.m. and covered an estimated 600-900 acres, said Brian Jones, assistant chief for Fire District 4. The fire burned Conservation Reserve Program lands and wheat stubble and was reported out about 3:17 p.m. today.

Firefighters from Fire District 7 were the initial responders and they were aided by firefighters from Fire Districts 3, 4, 5 and 6 as well as four tractors with disc harrows brought in by private landowners.

The Woodward Canyon Road fire was reported at 12:31 p.m. and the initial responders were from Fire District 8. Additional aid was later called from Fire Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7, as well as a strike team from Benton-Franklin County, a bulldozer from Benton County and a private owner and water tenders from Wilbur-Ellis and the McGregor Company.

The number of acres covered by the fire was unknown and it was still burning as of 3:35 p.m. today, Jones said.

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