Ice Harbor Dam Fire roughly 5% contained, more than 100 acres burned
Firefighters are still working to contain a fire that has burned more than 100 acres near the Ice Harbor Dam in Pasco on Saturday.
According to Franklin County Fire District #3, at least seven districts have responded to the brush fire. Units have been on the scene since around 3:00 p.m.
“The reporting party of the fire said they saw people shooting in the area,” Duty Officer with Franklin County Fire District #3, Jeremy Blasdel said. Franklin County Sheriff’s Office interviewed the reporting party and are assisting in the investigation.
He told KAPP-KVEW several units were cleaning up a nearby fire that started earlier in the day, and moved over when they received the call.
Around 5 P.M. crews had the fire at 5% containment. They expect more than 100 acres to be burned already.
A Pasco Fire Department rescue boat is assisting crews with gathering water from the Snake River. Trucks are moving to the shores, loading up water and moving back up the hilly terrain.
The Bureau of Land Management is also on the scene because flames are threatening public lands. Crews have stopped the flames from a touching a nearby orchard.
Duty Officer Blasdel said crews will be working in the area for the next few days.