Burbank Fire Fight Ending Rehab Work Just Beginning
98% contained at 13,000 acres. That's the latest from the Burbank fire lines. Firefighters worked all day Wednesday to bring the fire into containment lines and douse hot spots.
Thursday will be another hot day on the fire as crews now continue with mop up operations.
NO BURNING UNTIL AUGUST 31 IN YAKIMA TO PREVENT ANOTHER BLAZE
As a result of the heat and dry conditions the Yakima County Fire Marshal on Monday extended the burn ban in all the unincorporated areas of Yakima County until August 31. No outdoor burning is allowed and that includes recreational and bonfires. Also on Tuesday the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 10, in coordination with the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, has a news release that says they've issued "a ban on all outdoor open burning on the Reservation due to elevated pollution from regional wildfires and stagnant weather conditions. This air quality ban begins immediately, and is in effect until further notice."
THE CAUSE REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION
The fire Burbank Fire started at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday near I-82 and milepost 18 in the Burbank Creek area. Firefighters were on the scene some 10 minutes later and have been fighting the fire ever since. The fire has threatened a number of homes but no structures have burned.
The cause is unknown and a fire investigator is now working at the area where the fire started. The blaze started next to I-82, not from within the training center. Due to a red flag warning (hot, dry, and windy weather conditions which mark a high potential for fire activity), no training was taking place in the Yakima Training Center when the fire ignited.
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