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Wildfires burn about 3,000 acres in SE Wash.

Associated Press - August 21, 2009 11:35 PM ET

PROSSER, Wash. (AP) - Several lightning-sparked wildfires in southeast Washington have burned more than 3,000 acres. And a new 300-acre brush fire burning on the sprawling Hanford nuclear reservation prompted officials to send some nonessential workers home early.

Department of Energy spokesman Geoff Tyree said the Hanford fire was not threatening anything but some workers were sent home Friday afternoon as a precaution.

Elsewhere, the wildfires also burned an old timber bridge, prompting the closure of a section of State Route 241 between Sunnyside and Hanford. Washington Transportation Department spokesman Mike Westbay says traffic is being detoured.

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