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Update: Washington Flats fire contained


A 385 acre wildfire burning on Washington Flats across the Columbia River from the Seaton's Grove area near Elmer City is no longer spreading, and ground crews from the Department of Natural Resources and the Bureau of Land Management are securing the perimeters.

"Threat is pretty minimal at this point," said Jeff Dimke, fire management officer for the Bureau of Land Management.

The fire, first reported at about 2 p.m. on July 11, had helicopters scooping water from the river to dump on the fire, as well as four single engine air tankers and one air attack aircraft.

People watched the action from the parking areas on the Lower River Road across the river from the fire.

The DNR website reported a total of 93 people working on the fire, where access is difficult from the Washington Flats road, but primitive dirt roads from the west helped grant access to the fire's location.

Dimke said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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