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Wautoma Fire Update

August 17, 2007 5:52 PM.

HANFORD--Because of today's state mobilization, the Central Washington Incident Management Team now has firefighters from across the state to help fight this fire.

Right now, their main concern is the health of firefighters. Some have been battling this fire for more than 16 hours. They also want to maintain a strong focus on safety. Officials say its easy to let your guard down.

As for the Hanford Nuclear reservation, officials say that section is contained although fire crews will continue to monitor the area for any hot spots. Total number of acres burned now stands at 67,000.

"Difficult terrain, rocky, steep, flashy vegetation, even rattlesnakes, challenge to the firefighters," says Incident Management Team PIO Roland Emetaz. There's a lot of safety issues we need to be concerned about."

So far, Emetah says 100 homes, 25 businesses and 125 out buildings have been threatened, but none have been destroyed. We've learned that the fire is now 80 percent contained.

Officials expect 100 percent containment by tomorrow (Saturday).

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