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Brush Fire Burning Along Interstate 82 Near Ellensburg

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UPDATE/ELLENSBURG, WA - A wildfire that burned sagebrush and grass south of Ellensburg in central Washington was about 80 percent contained by Friday morning.
   
Debbie Robinson at the state Department of Natural Resources says the blaze held overnight to about 4,000 acres, or six square miles. It was reported Thursday night.
   
Robinson says there were lightning strikes in the area recently, but the cause of the fire is under investigation. No homes are threatened.
   
Crews of about 90 people planned to work Friday to verify the perimeter of the blaze, improve lines around it and tackle hotspots.
   
A section of eastbound Interstate 82 was closed for about three hours Thursday night due to the smoky fire in the Manastash Ridge area. It reopened when the fire was no longer close to the roadway.


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ELLENSBURG, WA - A wildfire has burned across about 4,000 acres, or six square miles, of sagebrush south of Ellensburg.
The state Transportation Department said a section of eastbound Interstate 82 was closed for about three hours Thursday night due to the smoky fire in the Manastash Ridge area. The agency says the highway section reopened when the fire was no longer close to the roadway.

Jim Duck at the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center said five helicopters fought the fire with help from several bulldozers and several dozen firefighters. He said no homes are threatened.

State Natural Resources Department spokeswoman Debbie Robinson says the fire burned around cell towers and TV antennas on the ridge summit without damaging them.

By late Thursday night the fire was considered 5 percent contained and crews planned to work into the night. The blaze was reported Thursday afternoon and the cause is under investigation.

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ELLENSBURG, WA - A brush fire burning near Ellensburg along Interstate 82 has grown to 2,000 acres. 

The state Transportation Department said a section of eastbound Interstate 82 was closed Thursday evening due to the smoky fire in the Manastash Ridge area. A detour has been set up.

Jim Duck at the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center said five helicopters were fighting the fire with help from several bulldozers and several dozen firefighters.  He says no homes are threatened.

State Natural Resources Department spokeswoman Debbie Robinson tells the Daily Record of Ellensburg that the fire burned around cell towers and TV antennas on the ridge summit without damaging them.

There is no containment figure yet for the blaze that was reported about 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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ELLENSBURG, WA - A new wildfire has burned across about 60 acres of brush south of Ellensburg, threatening several radio towers and temporarily closing a nearby section of interstate highway.

The state Transportation Department said a section of southbound Interstate 82 was closed Thursday evening in the Manastash Ridge area.

Brant Stanger at the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center said three helicopters and a fixed-wing aircraft were fighting the fire with help from more than 60 firefighters on the ground.  There is no containment figure yet for the blaze that was reported about 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

Stanger says no homes are threatened but some radio or cell towers are believed to be in the fire area.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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