Wildfires tackled in Asotin, Garfield counties

A wildfire scorched more than 60 acres off Peola Road in Asotin County Thursday night, threatening nearby crops.

No structures were damaged and no injuries were reported after the fire ignited around 9 p.m. about 100 yards down from the intersection of Peola and Mail Route roads.

Two dozen firefighters and brush trucks from Asotin County and the city of Asotin spent about an hour-and-a-half battling the active blaze.  They were completing the mop-up stage of fire suppression shortly before midnight.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Meanwhile, a brush fire in steep terrain near Central Ferry kept Garfield County crews busy Thursday.

A lightning storm that swept across the northern tier of the county sparked the blaze in Ping Gulch at about 2 a.m. and firefighters were on scene within an hour.

Fire mangers say the blaze burned about 1,500 acres of standing grain, cheatgrass and pasture ground.  The fire is not out but has been contained.

Crews from Columbia and Whitman counties provided assistance.

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