RICHLAND, Wash. - The U.S. Department of Energy activated the Hanford Emergency Operations Center at 4:30 this afternoon due to a large fire.
Early estimates say 3,000 acres have burned. Firefighters think it started with electricity arching from powerlines.
The fast-moving fire has crossed Highway 240 and moved on to the Hanford Site. It stretches from the Hanford Site to the intersection of State Route 24 and State Route 241.
All non-essential Hanford personnel have been asked to leave the site.
Highway 24 is closed from the intersection with Highway 241 to the Vernita Bridge.
The Rattlesnake and Yakima Barricades are closed as well as Highway 240 at Horn Rapids Road and Highway 225 to the West Hanford Gate.
DOE is partnering with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services.
KNDU/KNDO will update this incident as information becomes available.