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Controlled Burn Gets Out of Control Near Wapato

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WAPATO, WA - A controlled burn Tuesday night near Wapato got out of hand. Yakima County Fire District 5 firefighters were called out to a grass fire along the 9800 block of West Wapato Road that was threatening homes.

Firefighters got the call at around 4:30PM Tuesday. When firefighters arrived, they found a fast moving grass fire, with two homes being threatened.

Two Yakama Nation Fire Management crews were called in to help provide structural protection. A burn out had to be done to protect one of the homes.

Several cars were burned and a large shop had some damage. Firefighters were able to get the fire at the shop under control quickly. Crews got the entire fire until control just before 8:00P.M.

No other structures were damaged.

One man was reported to have had smoke inhalation, but he refused treatment. No firefighters were injured.

The fire was caused by a controlled burn that got out of control.

The total loss caused by the fire was $11,500. Five fire stations responded, and 24 firefighters were called out to the fire.

The fire was forwarded to the Yakima County Sheriff's Office.