Wildfire burns toward Hanford Nuclear Reservation

Range 12 fire in the Sunnyside/Hanford region taken Sunday night by Scott Butner. (Photo: Scott Butner. July 31, 2016)

YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. – The fire burning in Yakima and Benton Counties near the Yakima Training Center called the Range 12 fire is burning over 70,000 acres and moving quickly according to fire crews.

Fire officials say no evacuation orders have been issued, and the blaze has been burning since Saturday night. The blaze is burning 14 miles east of Yakima and as of Monday morning is 0 percent contained.

Authorities with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) said helicopters have been called in to assist with firefighting efforts by dropping retardants on the blaze. Over 100 firefighters are battling the blaze and more resources are on demand according to Randall Rische with BLM.

Crews were burning fire lines along the perimeter of the wildland fire near State Route 240 and Hanford Monday morning.


Officials with Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) say State Road 24 and State Road 240, 241 and 225 are re-opened Monday afternoon.

No homes or other structures have been damaged in the blaze according to crews, and no one has been injured in the fire either according to fire officials.

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