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Wildfire Burning Near Wallula Junction

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WALLULA, Wash.--  Firefighters are still on the scene of a wildfire near Wallula Junction.  Crews say lighting may have sparked the blaze around 7:00 p.m. Sunday.

Heavy winds and steep terrain made the flames hard to control.  Firefighters say up to 500 aces may have burned, and the fire was about 50-percent contained as of 10:30 p.m. Saturday night.  One structured was threatened, but crews have been able to protect it so far.

The Department of Transportation closed down Highway 12 from Wallula Junction to Game Department Road for a period of time.