The Riparia Fire is estimated to have burned 3,000 acres and is still growing. The fire is treating nearby homes, crops, railroads, and critical infrastructure.
WHITMAN COUNTY, Wash. — Firefighters across Whitman County are currently battling a wildland fire that started near Ridpath Road south of Hay on Thursday, as reported by the Whitman County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO)
According to a Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office press release, the Riparia Fire is estimated to have burned 3,000 acres and is still growing. The fire threatens nearby homes, crops, railroads, and critical infrastructure.
The Riparia Fire started on Thursday at approximately 4:30 pm Level 2 and 3 evacuations are in place as of Friday morning. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The fire has spread along the breaks of the Snake River and has made it to the Central Ferry area, according to the WCSO.
As of Friday morning, state fire assistance has been mobilized under the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan in support of local firefighters working to contain the Riparia Fire near the town of Central Ferry.
The Mobilization Plan is implemented to provide a process to quickly notify, assemble and deploy fire service personnel, equipment and other resources from around the state when fires, disasters or other events exceed the capacity of local jurisdictions.
The State Emergency Operations Center at Camp Murray remains activated to Level 2 to help coordinate state assistance for the Riparia Fire.
While crews were working to battle the fire in the area on Thursday night and part of Friday morning, State Route 127 from Dusty Washington to the Central Ferry Bridge was closed, and as of Friday at 11 am, it is unclear if drivers are allowed to drive by that route.
This is a developing story and will be updated when more information becomes available.
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