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Area firefighters helped hold the line on Powerline Fire

This photo from Grant County Fire District No. 13 shows their rig approaching the Powerline Fire.

WALLA WALLA, Washington – The state of Washington quickly mobilized assets to battle the Powerline Fire, which broke out Sunday in Grant County about four miles north of Mattawa.

Crews are now mopping up the blaze, which burned an estimated 7,700 acres. Thanks to quick work the fire was 80 percent contained Wednesday morning, with full containment expected to be achieved by Wednesday night.

The Walla Walla Fire Department sent a strike team to Grant County to assist other crews working the Powerline Fire.

“The reports I got was there was 20 to 30 structures that were threatened, which is why I think they called for our strike team,” WWFD Chief Bob Yancey said.

Yancey said the strike team consists of an engine from WWFD and College Place, an engine and a tender usually from Walla Walla County Fire District No. 4. Walla Walla County Fire District No. 8 in Dixie also participates.

While the cause of the Powerline Fire is still under investigation, Yancey said he did hear reports that it was started by a motorcycle accident.

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