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UPDATE: Large Brush Fire Blazes Near Moxee, Firefighters Protecting Nearby Homes

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UPDATE/ MOXEE, Wash. - Fire crews continue to battle a wildfire that's scorched at least 7,000 acres so far near Moxee tonight.
 
The East Valley fire chief says the fire is very active on the Lower Valley side of State Route 24.

Fire Chief Mike Riel says the fire is burning tires that are used for shooting practice at Sun Valley Shooting Range.

The state's type three command post is helping fight the blaze.

No homes have been lost yet.

The cause is still unknown.

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MOXEE, Wash.--Multiple crews are battling a raging brush fire along State Route 24 near Moxee.

It started around 2:30 p.m.

Crews said they're not sure how large the fire is, but helicopters are currently trying to determine its size and exactly what direction it seems to be heading.

Firefighters said around a dozen homes are threatened and some evacuations are underway. Crews are working to put up protection around these threatened buildings.

Tons of witnesses are lining the roads to watch the flames, but they said they're confident in our firefighters abilities to contain it.

"I've been listening to the scanner and the fire department seems to have a pretty good grip on what they're doing and where to head it off and plenty of resources coming out," said Harry Collier, a witness. "Two helicopters just showed up with the water buckets so they're really getting after it."

Witnesses said the black smoke started when the fire hit all of the tires used at a nearby shooting range. Smoke can be seen for miles along the highway.

Crews are working hard to contain the fire. NBC Right now will bring you updates as soon as they become available.

 

MOXEE, Wash. - Multiple crews are working to put out a large brush fire near Moxee that sparked Friday afternoon.

Helicopters could be seen flying above the blaze to see how large it is along SR 24. Crews are doing structure protection around some nearby homes to take extra precaution.

Firefighters say they are worried about a fire so large this early in the season.

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