Silver Dollar Fire near Hanford is 85 percent contained

Silver Dollar Fire near Hanford is 85 percent contained
The wildfire caused traffic delays on State Route 24 and 240 on Monday as crews worked to put out the flames. 

The Silver Dollar Fire burning 30 miles northwest of Richland is 85 percent contained as of Wednesday morning.

The grass and brush fire has already burned more than 23,000 acres near the Hanford Nuclear Reservation since Sunday.

Firefighters most recently completed a burnout along Midway Substation Road, securing the northwest section of the fire. They put out smoldering debris 50 to 100 feet inward from the fire’s edge.

Dry areas along the Columbia River may continue to burn because supervisors are reluctant to assign firefighters to these areas, according to a news release on Wednesday.

Crews will continue securing firelines and mobbing up burning debris until the wildfire is fully contained.

Silver Dollar Fire near Hanford is 85 percent contained

It was 30 percent contained on Monday and 60 percent by Tuesday. Firefighters worked three consecutive night shifts since the fire began. A fourth night shift is not being anticipated for Wednesday.

There are currently 282 responders working to extinguish the fire.

On Tuesday morning, a drone flew over the fire area. All aircrafts being used to and carry out water drops and put out the fire were temporarily grounded as a precaution.

Also on Tuesday, a local driver crashed into a firefighter’s vehicle near the fire area.

Measures to repair damage resulting from the fire suppression effort include smoothing out berms along bulldozer lines, constructing water bars on steep slopes to limit erosion and repairing fences cut for access to the fire area.