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Fire crews contain wildfire outside of Vantage

A helicopter uses a bucket to drop water on the Milepost 22 wildfire, Thursday, June 21, 2018, near Vantage, Wash. (Ted S. Warren / AP)
A helicopter uses a bucket to drop water on the Milepost 22 wildfire, Thursday, June 21, 2018, near Vantage, Wash. (Ted S. Warren / AP)

Fire crews have contained a wildfire that burned 7,280 acres west of the Columbia River near Vantage, and state emergency services have begun to move out of the area.

The fire began around Mile Post 22 Wednesday afternoon about 2 miles north of Vantage, burning through brush and grass in the area. Despite windy conditions, fire crews had managed to contain most of the visible flames in the area by Saturday morning, and had turned their focus to isolated, smaller fires, according to a to a Washington Department of Natural Resources news release.

According to the release, state resources are withdrawing over the weekend, leaving local fire departments to wrap up any smaller hotspots.


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