Eastern Wash. wildfire now estimated at 2,500 acres

Photo via Dept. Natural Resources.

POMEROY, Wash. - A wildfire that has burned through thousands of acres in eastern Washington is now estimated at 2,500 acres.

The blaze is being called the Snake River Fire. The fire was estimated at 3,000 acres Sunday evening, up from 500 acres that morning.

The fire is burning downstream from the Nisqually John Landing on the south side of the river in Garfield County.

State authorities say the fire will mainly be handled by hand crews due to steepness of the terrain.

State Mobilization crews took over the fire Sunday and brought in fire resources from around the region. They also brought in helicopters and planes to help.

Fire authorities say they believe lightning started the fire around 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

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