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Fire along South Palouse contained by local response


August 9, 2018

--Bill Carroll photo

A combine bearing was believed to be the cause of a field fire early Monday morning at the Greg Jones ranch on the South Fork of the Palouse River Road. Volunteers from Fire District 11 responded to the scene. The fire burned an estimated five acres.

District 11 fire crews were dispatched on a report of a fire along S. Palouse River Road Monday at 9:26 a.m. The fire was on the Greg Jones ranch and burned approximately five acres. Jones said the fire is believed to have started from a faulty bearing on a combine.

The fire was in a field up the grade from where S. Palouse River Road intersects with Lanky Road about seven miles west of Colfax.

The fire was initially reported as a timber fire, but it was in the field past where timber is along the road. Jones used a tractor and disk to help contain the fire.

Volunteers from Colfax, Stept...

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