YAKIMA, Wash. — About 250 residents have been allowed to return home after a wildfire burning amid grass and sagebrush in south-central Washington state forced an evacuation.
Fire spokesman Rick Acosta says crews on Saturday are making a lot of progress on a 37-square-mile (96-sq. kilometer) wildfire burning mostly in the military’s Yakima Training Center.
Acosta says residents were allowed to return home Friday after the fire burned around a community called Wanapum Village. Acosta says there were no buildings lost and no injuries.
He says the wet spring caused an increase in grasses, including cheat grass, which resulted in flames of 30 feet.
About 300 personnel are assigned to the blaze that’s about 40 percent contained.
The fire is located about 15 miles east of Interstate 82 on the sprawling military training range.