- Associated Press - Monday, August 1, 2016

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) - The Latest on the wildfires in Eastern Washington (all times local):

11:55 a.m.

Several campgrounds along the Naches River in central Washington were evacuated Sunday evening as a wildfire burned in thick forest about 25 miles west of Yakima.

U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Robin DeMario said Monday that about 100 people at Camp Roganunda, a Christian camping facility, and others at two federal campgrounds were told to leave the area.

About 25 homes in the area were also evacuated.

State Route 410 remains open but travelers are advised to be careful because of firefighting operations in the area.

DeMario says no structures have burned and no injuries have been reported. The cause of the 100-acre fire, which started Sunday evening, is under investigation.


9 a.m.

A wildfire burning toward the Hanford Nuclear Reservation has scorched about 110 square miles as it spread from Grant and Yakima counties into Benton County.

A state fire official said Monday morning is the largest of several wildfires burning Monday in Eastern Washington.

The Yakima Valley Herald reports that the blaze began Saturday on the Yakima Training Center and quickly grew in size. It’s unknown yet what started that fire.

A state transportation official says a small section of Highway 24 near Hanford Reach remained temporarily closed Monday morning due to that wildfire.

Meanwhile, the newspaper reports that evacuation orders had been lifted Monday morning for another wildfire that was burning about 1,000 acres outside Prosser.


3 a.m.

A wildfire was burning toward the Hanford Nuclear Reservation after spreading from Grant and Yakima counties into Benton County.

The Tri-City Herald reports (https://bit.ly/2abnLmJ ) it was one of several wildfires burning Sunday in Eastern Washington.

Those blazes include a 1,000-acre fire that had an undetermined number of residents evacuating a rural area near Prosser Sunday evening.

The larger fire burning toward Hanford was estimated to have burned about 94 square miles by early Sunday evening.

The paper reported that firefighters were working to stop the fire before it reached the large wildland security zone maintained around a portion of the nuclear site.

Randall Rishe of the Bureau of Land Management says crews will do everything they can to check the blaze.

Hanford once made plutonium for nuclear weapons and is now undergoing a decades-long cleanup.

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