Sparks From Train May Have Started 11 Fires in Wallula
WALLULA, Wash -- Firefighters say sparks may have been what started the fires.
The fires were between Dode Rd. and reached all the way to Hwy 124 in Burbank. The train was stopped, but firefighters are still investigating what caused the fires.
About 115 acres were burned on the side of the railroad tracks. Fifteen firetrucks from Walla Walla and Franklin County arrived on the scene to find the fires were burning together. They used special tactics to keep the fire from spreading into nearby crops
"Mostly direct attack and this road helped us hold it quite well and a lot of the agricultural fields helped," said Kurt Thompson, Assistant Fire Managing Officer with Mid Columbia River Wildlife.
No one was injured and there appears to be no major damages, but firefighters say the fires came close to a few structures in the fields near the tracks.
The U.S. Fish and Wildfire Refugee says the only habitat affected was sage brush. Volunteer firefighters were called to help fight the fires for the Walla Walla Fire Department.
Many drivers on Hwy 12 could see the flames from their cars heading towards Walla Walla.