Brush fire at S.W. Wash. wildlife refuge contained

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A helicopter heads to the Okanogan River to pick up water after previously dropping water on the St. Mary’s fire burning about six miles from Omak, Wash.

Brush fire at S.W. Wash. wildlife refuge contained

WASHOUGAL, Wash. — Fire officials in Southwestern Washington say a brush fire that burned more than 100 acres at the Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge east of Washougal has been contained.

Camas-Washougal Fire Chief Nick Swinhart says more than 30 firefighters battled the fire Friday night before bringing it under control around midnight.

He says crews successfully prevented the blaze from damaging the Washougal Industrial Park and the Washougal Waste Treatment Plant.

No injuries were reported.

Swinhart says the cause is under investigation, but it appears to have started around 5 p.m. on the shoulder of State Road 14 when someone in a passing car carelessly tossed a burning or smoldering object.

Progress in fighting Shelton, Wash., wildfire

SHELTON, Wash. — A fire spokesman says firefighters are making progress against a Western Washington wildfire near Shelton that chased some residents from their homes.

Spokesman Dale Warriner said late Friday that the Powerline 2 Fire was about 40 percent contained and had burned 150-200 acres.

Earlier in the day the fire was reported burning underneath power lines but was not disrupting electricity supplies.

Some residents left their homes after the fire started Thursday afternoon but they have returned.

No homes were lost.

Meanwhile, a wildfire burning on the Colville Indian Reservation near Omak had grown to 191/2 square miles and was 15 percent contained late Friday.

That fire burned two homes earlier in the week.

Officials announced they've fully contained the Table Mountain Fire that has burned across 66 square miles of central Washington since Sept. 8.

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