Lawn Mower Sparks Wildfire That Prompts Evacuations in WA

Donald W. Meyers – Yakima Herald-Republic, Wash.

Jun. 11—A lawn mower hitting a rock sparked a wildfire that prompted the evacuation of several Terrace Heights homes Tuesday.

East Valley firefighters were called around 3:05 p.m. for a brush fire burning in the area of the 1000 block of Marsh Road. The fire started when a resident in the area said he struck a rock while mowing, causing a spark that started a brush fire, said EVFD interim Chief Ray Lamoureux.

East Valley was assisted by firefighters from Yakima, West Valley, Highland Gleed and Naches, who battled the wind-driven flames.

“The crews did yeoman’s work for East Valley,” Lamoureux said.

At one point, a Level 3 evacuation order — meaning people had to leave immediately — was issued for people living in the area bounded by Rest Haven Road, Marsh Road, the Roza Canal and the Yakima River.

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Lamoureux said the winds were fanning the fire, but crews were able to get it under control after 5 p.m., and evacuation orders were modified to Level 2, meaning people needed to be ready to leave at a moment’s notice.

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Donald W. Meyers – Yakima Herald-Republic, Wash. Jun. 11—A lawn mower hitting a rock sparked a wildfire that prompted the evacuation of several Terrace Heights homes Tuesday. East Valley firefighters were called around 3:05 p.m. for a brush fire burning in the area of the 1000 block of Marsh Road. The fire started when a resident in the area said he […]

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