District 8 crews battle fires over weekend

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WALLA WALLA – Two fires Saturday afternoon and early Sunday morning kept Walla Walla County District 8 crews busy the last 24 hours.

The first fire started around 3:30 p.m. east of Walla Walla near Spring Creek Road, where it burned 125 acres of mostly standing wheat and at one point threatened the historic Kibler Farm.

It took about half an hour to contain the fire, but crews were on the scene most of the afternoon and had to return at 10 p.m. to knock down the last flames, District 8 Chief Bob Clendaniel said.

No injuries or damaged structures were reported; the cause was an engine fire on a wheat combine.

District 8 was assisted by Districts 2, 4, 6 and Walla Walla and College Place fire departments.

Early this morning at 1:30 a.m., District 8 crews were called to a tree-top fire off Biscuit Ridge Road.

It took about a half-hour to establish a 10 acres containment area, which was still burning as of 1 p.m. Sunday.

District 8 was aided by districts 2, 4, Columbia County Fire District 3, Washington State Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service.

The fire is still under investigation.

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