Mason County fire fighters deployed to Eastern Washington are on the move. The strike team which was sent to the North Touchet Fire near Dayton Sunday is now helping with a new fire in Whitman and Garfield counties near the Towns of Colton, Uniontown, Clarkston, and Pomeroy. This blaze is called the Snake River Fire.
The fire started on August 2, 2016, and the cause is currently under investigation. The Snake Rive Fire is an estimated 11,000 acres and growing. The fire is threatening range, pastures, crops, and structures. Evacuation orders have been issued for the threatened structures.
According to reports on KXLY.com, the fire started near Granite Point on the Garfield County side of the Snake River around noon Tuesday. Four hours later flames had jumped the river and crossed to Whitman County. Volunteer fire crews have been working to protect structures threatened by the blaze but at least one outbuilding has been destroyed.
There are fire crews from Central Mason and Fire Districts 3, 4, 11, and 16 battling wildfires east of the Cascade Mountains.