- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 9, 2016

WASHTUCNA, Wash. (AP) - A 6.25-square-mile wildfire near Palouse Falls in southeast Washington was fully contained by Tuesday afternoon.

The Tri-City Herald reports (https://goo.gl/WI5FU1) the blaze was sparked by lightning on Sunday near Palouse Falls State Park.

Officials say the fire threatened homes, crops, a fish hatchery, a rail line and a state highway in addition to the state park.

A spokesman says Palouse Falls State Park was evacuated Sunday and reopened late Monday morning. No park facilities were damaged.

The 198-foot falls at the park dumps into a deep gorge upstream from the Snake River.

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, https://www.spokesman.com


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