Homeowners help battle grass fire near Yakima

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YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- Homeowners with garden hoses helped firefighters battle a three-alarm grass fire that burned about 100 acres in the East Valley community near Yakima.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports (http://is.gd/fTSbEv ) the fire threatened four homes Monday in gusty winds but no structures were lost.

About 40 firefighters from a half-dozen districts contained the fire. A helicopter from the Yakima Training Center dropped loads of water.

Andy Wangler of the Selah Fire Department says it's pretty early in the season for a fire of that size.

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Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, http://www.yakimaherald.com