The Times 

Middle Waitsburg Road fire consumes 20 acres


August 5, 2021

Beka Compton

Washington State Senator Perry Dozier was one of three farmers who jumped into action on August 2, when a fire broke out on Middle Waitsburg Road, off Highway 12 and barely outside of city limits.

WAITSBURG-A small fire broke out in a standing wheat field on Middle Waitsburg Road on August 2. The fire, which consumed an estimated 20 acres of crop, was quickly contained by firefighters from Columbia-Walla Walla County Fire District 2 and Columbia County Fire District 3.

The fire was initially reported at 2:51 p.m. Within 15 minutes, quick-thinking farmers Perry Dozier, Glen Smith, and Greg Smith had established a disc line around the fire. In farming communities, it is crucial for the farmers and fire districts to work together in order to quickly get ahead of crop fires. Farmers can...

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