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Yakima Training Center fire remains at 8,000 acres, at least 80 percent contained

By EMILY GOODELL | The Yakima Herald-Republic | Published: August 18, 2018

YAKIMA, Wash. (Tribune News Service) — Firefighters continue to battle an 8,000-acre brush fire north of Cold Creek in the southeast section of the Yakima Training Center.

The fire was about 80 percent contained as of 6 a.m. Friday, and Yakima Training Center fire officials hope to have the fire fully contained before 3 p.m., when a red flag warning goes into effect.

Fire officials said the fire was likely caused by military live-fire training.

There were no injuries reported, no structures were threatened and no equipment was damaged.

The fire was reported at about 4 p.m. Thursday by a military training unit.

Thirty-four fire responders and 18 vehicles from the Yakima, East Valley, Naches, Naches Heights, Highland, Selah, Gleed and Kittitas County fire departments were on scene and were released back to their stations by Friday morning. Red Cross also responded.

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