Several wildfires, including one partly on Hanford nuclear site, burning in Washington

Smoke rises from the Moore Creek Fire burning in Skamania County on Wednesday. (Photo: Jayne Borden)

Several wildfires were burning in Washington on Wednesday, according to the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.

The biggest was the Mitchell Fire in Douglas County. It was burning 700 acres of grass and brush near Orondo, just north of Wenatchee. And it was making its way up a steep slope toward Badger Mountain. A special locally based team armed with a lot of resources was sent to battle that fire. Its job is to provide an "extended attack" until the fire is contained, WSDNR said.

The Moore Creek Fire was burning about 12 acres in Skamania County in the Columbia River Gorge. Two helicopters were sent to help with that fire.

And the 15.5-acre Coulee Hite Fire was 100 percent contained.

Meanwhile, a wildfire burning on part of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland was 85 percent contained and didn’t threaten any of the site’s nuclear facilities.

The grass and brush fire covered about 35.9 square miles in Yakima and Benton counties.

There were no evacuations or closures related to the fire, which started last Sunday.

Fire officials said a drone aircraft flew over the fire area on Tuesday, temporarily grounding aircraft assigned to fighting the fire.

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