Yakima County’s ‘Byron Hill Fire’ extends across 3,200+ acres moving east

UPDATE at 11:15 p.m. on July 4, 2022: Now dubbed the ‘Byron Hills Fire,’ a massive blaze between Mabton and Prosser has spread across more than 3,200 acres of brush and vegetation, according to Yakima County Fire District No. 5.

As of 11:06 p.m. on July 4, 2022, the fire is just 25% contained as winds push the blaze toward the east and induce dangerous conditions for responding firefighters.

The following breaking news story has been left unaltered from its original publishing.

MABTON, Wash. — Homes are on alert for potential evacuation as a brush fire spans hundreds of acres between Yakima County and Benton County.

According to Yakima County Fire District No. 5, the fire spanned 200 acres as of 7:55 p.m. PST on July 4, 2022. In a social media notice just after 9:15 p.m. PST, the Fire District claimed the flames spanned more than 2,000 acres. Fire officials told KAPP-KVEW they won’t have an accurate estimation of how much land is truly being impacted until the morning.

Level One evacuation notices are in effect for homes off Well Gap Road and Empire Way Road in Yakima County. This means that people residing in the area need to be made aware of the situation and prepare to vacate their homes in case the danger increases.

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Crews are working to establish a fire line around the perimeter of the blaze with two bulldozers already on the scene to assist with the process. Due to the rugged terrain of this region, some of the impacted areas are difficult for vehicles to access.

A unified command has been established with agencies across the region responding to combat the fire. It’s unclear what caused the blaze at this time, but firefighters from across the region will be on-site trying to extinguish it into the night.

This is a breaking news story. An update and/or follow-up will be issued once further details are revealed.


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