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40 Acre Brush Fire Closes Section of Highway Near Ellensburg

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UPDATE/ELLENSBURG, WA - Authorities say a 40-acre grass and brush fire in Kittitas County briefly threatened some homes and sent up smoke that temporarily closed a roughly 15-mile section of U.S. Highway 97 in the Ellensburg area.

John Sinclair of Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue said late Monday night that the fire was 95 percent contained. It was reported earlier in the evening.

Sinclair says some homes were threatened initially but the fire has been directed around them.

He says the fire was caused by someone burning brush on a windy day.

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ELLENSBURG, WA - The Washington State Patrol says blowing smoke from a new brush fire in Kittitas County has closed a roughly 15-mile section of U.S. Highway 97 in the Ellensburg area.

The patrol says Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue is working to extinguish the fire.

The size of the fire has not yet been released.

Trooper Darren Wright says the blaze started Monday evening. The state Department of Transportation expects to re-open the road around midnight. 
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