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2,800-acre wildfire burns through Hanford nuclear complex

KEPR-TV News photo shows smoke rising from the Hanford wildfire.

RICHLAND, Wash. - A wildfire burned about 2,800 acres (4.4 square miles) of the decommissioned Hanford nuclear production complex in Washington.

The Tri-City Herald reports Rae Moss, spokeswoman for Mission Support Alliance, the Hanford contractor in charge of the Hanford Fire Department, says no radiologically contaminated areas or buildings were burned.

Officials say the fire was spotted around 6:45 p.m. Sunday. It apparently was caused by a lightning strike.

KEPR-TV News reports that large billowing plumes of smoke could be seen rising from the Hanford site as firefighters responded to the blaze.

The fire burned between Route 4 South and Route 2 South, which come together to form a "V'' near the secure entrance. Officials say the roads helped keep the fire from spreading farther.

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