Lightning starts small fire on Selah ridge — again


SELAH, Wash. — Apparently, lightning does strike twice — especially during fire season.

A small lightning-sparked fire on the same narrow ridge as a fire on Friday was quickly controlled by firefighters Sunday afternoon, after burning through about 5 acres of brush.

Though there were stiff winds whipped up by a thunderstorm that could have caused major trouble, the fire at 1116 Collins Road in Selah burned itself into the already-blackened site of Friday’s fire, quickly running out of fuel as firefighters surrounded it on the other sides. The fire started about 1:30 p.m.

About 20 firefighters responded and got a handle on the fire within 30 minutes, though it took longer to get the flames out. Wildland units from Selah, Gleed, the Yakima Training Center and East Valley responded.

There were never any structures threatened, firefighters said, though there is a house nearby. The wind pushed the fire in the opposite direction.

Access was a problem, just like Friday, as trucks had to navigate narrow, rocky paths up the steep ridge, but crews were still able to get a jump on the blaze very soon after it started.

“It was good they hit it hard and got it out before it got big,” said Capt. Jim Hogenson with the Selah Fire Department. He was already sending crews home before 3 p.m.

 

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