Yakima River Delta wildfire restarts, likely caused by winds

Yakima River Delta
Richland Wildfire – April 29, 2021 (Image Credit: KAPP-KVEW Staff)

RICHLAND, Wash. — Wildfires along the Yakima River Delta in Richland have restarted on Thursday afternoon and were likely caused by natural conditions. Crews have been monitoring the fire’s progress throughout the day and were not expecting any further danger to arise.

Richland Emergency Services posted an update for the public to its Facebook page at 5:15 p.m. after numerous reports of a fire in the area. People have been calling in to the local authorities after seeing smoke and some small flames just south of Columbia Point.

Local authorities ask that commuters try to avoid the area of I-182 and State Route (SR) 240 near the Yakima River Delta. They also advise that the public steer clear of the Columbia Point Marina. Boaters are being encouraged to avoid the area of Bateman Island as fire may spread to nearby vegetation.

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Pedestrian walking lanes and bike paths in the surrounding area of the Yakima River Delta are still closed off to the public. The Columbia Path Trail is closed through the Lee-Volpentest Bridges on I-182

Fire crews and emergency first responders are on-location to assist. Crews have been monitoring designated hot spots throughout the day. They said that the new smoke and flames were likely caused by warm temperatures and increasing winds.

Earlier in the day, Richland Police Captain Drew Florence provided a detailed update about the wildfires. As of this morning, it was confirmed that the fires impacted 85 acres of land surrounding the Yakima River Delta.

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