Crews respond to fast-moving fire in wheat fields

Wheat Field Fire

Walla Walla County – Wheat fields north of Walla Walla caught fire Friday afternoon, producing a plume of smoke visible all the way to the Tri-Cities.

Walla Walla County Fire District #8 officials say the fire burned more than 1,200 acres and destroyed a wheat combine.

It is unclear how the fire started.  During the course of the afternoon it spread perilously close to Eritage Resort, damaging some of the Eritage vineyards.  Buildings on the property were not damaged.

Temperatures in Walla Walla hit record highs Friday afternoon, adding an extra layer of danger for firefighters and law enforcement working to get ahead of the fire.  WWFD #8 says crews also faced “extreme fire behavior” because of the heavy fuel in wheat fields waiting for harvest.