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By Dena Martin
The Times 

Wheat Fire Threatens Homes but is Quickly Contained

Eighteen agencies join forces to quench the blaze


August 10, 2017

Photo Courtesy of Kathy Carpenter

An almost 1300 acre wheat fire threatened homes in Weller Canyon, causing evacuations Saturday afternoon. Eighteen different fire agencies responded to the blaze which was quickly contained without incident. Above: Fire crews clean up hot spots at the Weller Canyon/Whetstone fire after the fire was contained, early Saturday evening.

WAITSBURG – A fast-moving wheat fire northwest of Waitsburg resulted in about 12 Weller Canyon homes being evacuated Saturday afternoon, but thanks to a fast-acting command and support from area agencies, the blaze was quickly contained. The 1280 acre fire burned mostly conservation reserve program (CRP) land and there was no known loss of structure or equipment according to Columbia-Walla Walla Fire No. 2 Assistant Chief Brian Callahan who served as Incident Command.

The fire started about two miles northwest of Waitsburg and quickly moved northeast into CRP ground. Callahan said the ca...

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