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Clean up continues after thousands of acres burn in fire

WALLULA JUNCTION, Wash. - Firefighters are still concerned about hot spots from a fire in Wallula Junction.  The fire started Friday night and burned 8-thousand acres.

A fire similar to this one broke out boat race weekend four years ago.  The fire department and homeowners said it is strange but they are use to it.

For the past 15 years Mike Larson has seen about six large fires in this area, but none as big as the one on Friday night. 

Firefighters fought the flames as homeowners watched, as the fire got closer.

Larson said, "Smoke was coming over the hill here and that's when we decided to do something.

He said he whipped out the sprinkler and watched over his home until five in the morning.

When the blaze broke out the fire department told him to leave his property.  Larson said, "I told them thank you, but I'm not leaving.  I am not going anywhere."

He said he wanted to protect his home fearing someone might steal from him and said every year he prepares for the flames by cutting down the weeds.  He even got a metal roof for the house.

He said firefighters did an excellent job.  Larson said, "These guys stayed right here in the middle of it until they absolutely had to move their trucks and they moved down the road just to get away from that big fire ball."

Firefighters said wind played a huge part in why this fire spread so quickly.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation but firefighters think the fire was started when a man driving a truck hauling a trailer ran over a large rock which caused sparks.

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