Wildfire burning over 32,000 acres in Yakima

Wildfire burning over 32,000 acres in Yakima
A wildfire is burning over 32,000 acres near the Yakima Training Center.

Firefighters are working to put out a wildfire burning near the Yakima military training center on Friday.

It grew to over 32,000 acres overnight. Two hundred emergency responders are now battling the blaze.

Five strike times made up of 30 engines, including five military engines, responded to the scene along with three helicopters to assist ground crews by making bucket drops.

The cause is still under investigation.

About 250 residents of the Wanapum Village were evacuated as the fire burned around the village Thursday night. They were allowed back into their homes the next morning. No structures were lost due to the firefighters’ efforts, according to a news release.

The fire is about four miles north of the southern boundary of the Yakima Training Center. No structures are currently threatened.

The nearest structures are about five miles south of the fire on Highway 24.

The public is urged to obey all local fire restrictions to prevent any additional fires.