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Big Horn Fire in Yakima Canyon Was Human Caused

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An Ellensburg man is in custody accused of starting a brush fire Wednesday near the Big Horn turnout on State Route 821. An Ellensburg man is in custody accused of starting a brush fire Wednesday near the Big Horn turnout on State Route 821.
UPDATE/YAKIMA, WA. - An Ellensburg man is in custody accused of starting a brush fire Wednesday near the Big Horn turnout on State Route 821.

The Kittitas County Sheriff's Office says Dominick Desimone, 56, started a fire near his vehicle and it grew out of control. He is currently being held in the Kittitas County Corrections Center on $250,000 bail.

The Bureau of Land Management is currently battling the fire. As of 9:30 a.m. Thursday it was 90% contained and has burned around 265 acres. SR 821 has reopened and no homes have been evacuated. There have been no reports of any injuries or structures lost. 
Fire apparatus, including air resources, were diverted from the Snag Canyon Fire to help fight the fire.

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YAKIMA, WA. - Firefighters are investigating after a brush fire started Wednesday evening on SR 821 near Yakima.

As of Wednesday, the fire had burned 100 acres and was 50% contained. Firefighters are concerned the wind could push it over the rid and into more dangerous territory. So far no evacuations have been ordered.
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