State resources mobilized to emerging Canyon Road fire in Yakima County

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Aug. 12—State resources were being dispatched to help fight the Canyon Road fire in Yakima County on Thursday morning, the state fire marshal's office said in a news .

The Canyon Road fire had reached 1,500 acres as of Thursday morning and is growing, the release said.

The fire broke out around 4:20 p.m. on Wednesday near the city of Grandview. The fire is burning grass, brush, and small trees and is threatening homes, infrastructure, and the Grandview Wastewater Treatment Plant.

A level 2 evacuation notice is in effect in the area, the state fire marshal said, and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The fire is one of two emergent incidents throughout Central and Eastern Washington this week, Department of Natural Resources spokesman Ryan Rodruck said. The other is the Mohr Canyon fire, located north of Wenatchee near Waterville, which reached 6,800 acres as of Thursday morning, according to the Southeast Washington Interagency Incident Management Team spokesman Ben Shearer. That fire was at 28% contained on Thursday morning, Shearer said.

Rodruck said that fire crews around the state are on alert for a shift in weather patterns on Thursday.

Breezy and dry conditions were expected throughout the region, with potential thunderstorms in southeast Washington and in higher elevation areas in Central Washington, the National Weather Service reported.

Firefighting efforts in the Vantage Highway, Cow Canyon and Williams Lake fires were nearly completely contained and were in stages of mop up, Rodruck said.