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Crews douse Riparia Fire

Farmer says combine ignited Central Ferry blaze

CENTRAL FERRY - Whipped by gusty winds, the Riparia Fire roared to life Thursday, Aug. 4, but was quickly subdued.

The fire was reported at about 4:30 p.m. Thursday and state fire assistance was mobilized quickly at the request of Whitman County Fire District No. 8 Fire Chief J.B. Broeckel.

At the time, the fire was estimated at 3,000 acres and growing, according to the chief.

Homes, crops, railroad and critical infrastructure were threatened.

Ilda and Chad Lindgren, who live on Riley's River Ranch, decided to evacuate from their home as the flames looked like they were approaching.

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