Lightning fire in eastern Washington contained
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 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.