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Fire erupts at former Boise Cascade site

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YAKIMA--For the third time in three months, the former Boise Cascade site in Yakima catches fire.

The flames erupted around 3:15 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

Firefighters aren't sure how the fire started, but heavy winds spread the flames and by 4:00 p.m. the fire was out of control.

Crews estimated ten to twelve percent of the logs stored at the site caught fire.  Flames also spread to power lines, temporarily knocking out electricity all over the city.

"I was at the fairgrounds waiting 45 minutes for the bus to hear there was a fire keeping us from traveling on time," Rochelle Eddwards said from the Target parking lot.  "We got dropped off here and were told to come to our cars immediately and evacuate."

The fairgrounds one of those places that lost power temporarily, along with many traffic lights throughout the city.

Firefighters tell us the property's owners are complying with fire prevention codes.

Crews say this fire may have been unavoidable with high heat, low humidity, and high winds.

Fortunately with all those flames, only one slight injury has been reported so far.

The fire is expected to continue burning through the night and into Sunday.

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