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Men cited for firing rifles near firefighters

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WHITE PASS, WA - A newspaper in another country posted an article saying two Australian firefighters helping with the Miriam Fire were, "chased and shot at."

Traci Weaver, spokeswoman for the U.S. Forest Service says that on August 23 while a group of four firefighters were out near the fire. They reported hearing six gun shots.


The Yakima Police Department (YPD) says the shots came from two men that were in the area hunting. The two men have been cited for violating closure orders due to the area being closed because of the fire. 

YPD also says that at no time were the firefighters ever in danger. 

"The hunters were shooting in that general direction, which I'm sure would be very nerving for the firefighters, but we don't believe there was malicious intent or that they were shooting at the firefighters. They said they were hunting," said Weaver.

After talking with the firefighters YPD says no wrongdoing was found regarding improper shooting or putting others in danger.

At this point the Miriam Fire is 70% contained and has burned over 5,000 acres.
 

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