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By Dena Martin
The Times 

'A Long Day' for Fire No. 2

Railroad fire and tanker blaze had crews in two locations at once


September 7, 2017

Kyle's Towing

A tanker fire on State Route 12 was one of two unusual events that Columbia-Walla Walla Fire No. 2 responded to on Tuesday afternoon and evening.

WAITSBURG – Tuesday, Aug. 29 was a busy day for Columbia-Walla Walla Fire No. 2 volunteers who responded first to a railroad fire that sent smoldering ties into the Touchet River, and then to a fuel tanker that caught fire on Highway 12. The incidents began Tuesday afternoon and lasted into the wee hours of Wednesday morning, according to Chief Jim Callahan.

Callahan said the department was toned out about 3 p.m. on Tuesday for what was believed to be an illegal burn on Bolles Road, about a quarter mile past the McKay Alto junction. Upon arrival, it was determined that railroad ties had...

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