Fire Burning South of Mabton
Crews from across the state gather on Raschko Road, planning their attack on a wildfire threatening about a dozen homes.
Ron Raschko, whose family the road is named for, is the Yakima District 7 Fire Chief, and also one of those people who owns a home near the fire.
"You don't want to lose property, that's true, there is that worry," said Raschko, "But you're out there doing your job. You don't have time to worry."
Crews say the fire, called the "Dead Canyon Fire," started around 4 p.m. yesterday about 8 miles south of Mabton.
Raschko and his crew fought the fire for hours, until it crossed county borders, prompting statewide mobilization.
Crews say the fire started near a highway about a mile north of Raschko Road. That's when it moved south about two miles into Klickitat County.
Firefighters from stations as far as Kennewick, Richland and Kittitas County were called in for support.
As of this afternoon, the fire was reported at over 3,600 acres, and 45% containment.
Raschko says the statewide activation helps his men and women get rest, while also giving him time to prepare his property for the worst.
"You know, sometimes it can be coming right down at a home, and the one thing you want to do is put a fire line around the home," said Raschko, "If it doesn't already have one, you want to expand on it."
Crews say they hope to get a handle on the fire within the next 24 hours, and have it contained by tomorrow evening.
No evacuations or injuries have been reported, a cause has not yet been determined.