Whetstone Fire now at 50% containment
WAITSBURG, Wash. —
Fire fighters are making progress on the Whetstone Fire burning in Columbia County. The latest estimate has the fire at 50% containment.
According to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, the fire started around 11:45 A.M. Saturday near Lower Whetstone Road and McKay Alto Road near Waitsburg.
Officials say a combine started the fire, which has burned an estimated 1,300 acres. It is burning in standing grain and CRP ground. Tall grass is providing the fuel for the flames.
Twenty-five structures are threatened, but none have been lost at this time.
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office says there are Level 2 and 3 evacuations.
Weller Canyon Road residents were also evacuated, but officials say they may return home after that order was reduced to level 1 at 4:30 P.M. Saturday.
Multiple agencies responded to the Whetstone Fire.
We’ll continue to update you as we learn more.