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Wildfire burns through Hanford nuclear complex

FILE - In this May 9, 2017, file photo, a structure is seen under construction at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Richland, Wash. Federal investigators say problems first identified six years ago continue to plague the multi-billion-dollar Hanford vitrification plant that would be used to treat some of the nation's deadliest nuclear waste. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes, file) ORG XMIT: PDX302 (Manuel Valdes / AP)
FILE - In this May 9, 2017, file photo, a structure is seen under construction at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Richland, Wash. Federal investigators say problems first identified six years ago continue to plague the multi-billion-dollar Hanford vitrification plant that would be used to treat some of the nation's deadliest nuclear waste. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes, file) ORG XMIT: PDX302 (Manuel Valdes / AP)

RICHLAND, Wash. – A wildfire burned about 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.

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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