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Wildfires blooming on windy westside

The first weekend in May is not usually a busy time for fire suppression forces in southwest Washington, but this past weekend saw an unusually high number of wildfires due to dry east winds across this area.

To date, 11 wildfires covering approximately 264 acres were reported statewide, with nine already successfully contained by the Washington Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) wildfire suppression team.

DNR firefighting crews continue working to contain the Dog Mountain Wildfire in Lewis County, near the eastern end of Riffe Lake; and the C-Line Wildfire in Grays Harbor County and Thurston County’s Capitol Forest, the largest and most challenging wildfires started this weekend. All wildfires reported this weekend are under investigation. None, however, threatened homes or structures, or led to evacuations.

Other westside fires (totaling 17-plus acres) successfully contained included the High Valley Lane near Tenino on May 5; and the East15; one near La Center in Clark County; and the W-2020 between Mossyrock and Sal-kum in Lewis County.


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