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Fire in Snake River canyon covers 1,300 acres

 

July 12, 2018 | View PDF



Fire crews from this area responded July 4 to a range fire which started in the Nisqually John Canyon along the Snake River about 12 miles downstream from Clarkston.

The fire moved up a steep part of the canyon which could not be reached by crews from Colton District 14 when they responded to the scene.

Airplanes and a helicopter were used on the fire and the Whitman County Sheriff’s marine patrol was used on the river to clear a zone for the aircraft to scoop up water.

The fire was contained as of Saturday morning and remaining fire crews from the state mobilization headed home. Estimated area of the burn in the canyon was approximately 1300 acres. Total force at the peak of mobilization was approximately 130 firefighters.

Possible causes of the fire could have been fireworks or target shooting.

 
 

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