Highway 141 fire cost: $2.7 million

Wildfire expected to be fully contained today

By Laura McVicker, Columbian staff writer

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A fire that's burned more than 1,600 acres near White Salmon and cost an estimated $2.7 million to fight is expected to be 100 percent contained by the end of the day.

Firefighters have the fire 85 percent contained this morning, according to a press release from the Washington Department of Natural Resources.

The blaze has charred 1,644 acres east of Highway 141, between White Salmon and Husum. About 600 responders worked the fire Monday, including 13 water tenders, one helicopter and numerous wildland engines.

Crews expect to move to a much smaller response on Wednesday.

The estimated cost of fighting the fire as of Monday night was $2.7 million, spokesman Chuck Turley said. That cost will increase, he said in an e-mail.

The fire has been burning since Sept. 5.