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By Katie Teachout
The Journal 

Fire crews contain large human-caused fire


Last updated 4/24/2020 at 12:54pm

Photo courtesy of Grant County Sheriff's Office

A Department of Natural Resources helicopter is seen fighting the wildfire in Adams County, with Grant County Fire Districts 10 and 11 water tenders in the foreground.

OTHELLO - A fire that grew to an estimated 150 to 200 acres after being started on private property was initially contained around 7 p.m. Thursday, April 23.

Adams County Fire District 5 Chief Gary Lebacken said the call for the fire came in at 1:19 p.m., and about a dozen District 5 volunteers and paid staff turned out.

"We had some mutual aid from Grant County Districts 10 and 11, the Bureau of Land Management, Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Fish and Wildlife," Lebacken said. The Department of Natural Resources provided one helicopter.

Lebacken said the fire was human-caused...

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