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Saddle Mountain Fire near Mattawa burning nearly 5,800 acres 10% Contained

Photo By: Royal City Police Department

- Mattawa, WA

The Saddle Mountain Fire near Mattawa has burned to nearly 5,800 acres and is only 10% contained. The fire began burning on the western end of Saddle Mountain on Monday afternoon. No evacuations or closures are in place at the moment.

The fire started Monday at around 12:30pm July 6th. Washington State Fish and Wildlife, Grant County Fire District, Bureau of Land Management and Hanford Fire Department responded to the area. The current land that is being burned is protected by U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and will be helping authorities control how the fire is contained to help protect state protected animals.

The main effort on Tuesday will be to hold fire lines in place and work on knocking down hot spots. Crews will be working on the west slope area of Saddle Mountain near the ORV park, and the public is asked to avoid the area. Strong winds will be blowing into the Columbia Basin till 11:00pm tonight making it difficult to fight the fire.

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