Fire near Olympia continues to grow

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The Capitol Forest fire was first reported Sunday morning. (Photo: Sarah McCleary)

OLYMPIA — A fire in Capitol State Forest that started near Littlerock, Wash., Sunday has grown from 40 to 60 acres.

According to officials with Washington state’s Department of Natural Resources, the C-Line Wildfire was reported in the early morning of May 5 approximately 8 miles northwest of Littlerock. The fire is burning on state trust lands that contain logging slash and 20-year-old trees. Smoke is visible from Olympia, officials said, and firefighters are still battling flames.

Fire crews also fought a 10-acre fire in Sunday in Lewis County near Riffe Lake. The fire posed a significant logistical challenge, authorities said, because of the steepness in terrain.

The cause of both fires is under investigation.

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