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State mobilizes for Tidyman Road fire in Columbia River Gorge as other fires burn around WA

By Joel Martin, Columbia Basin Herald
Published: May 20, 2024, 7:40am

KLICKITAT COUNTY — State fire assistance has been mobilized in support of firefighters working to contain the Tidyman Road Fire in Klickitat County across the Columbia River from The Dalles, Ore,, according to a statement from the state fire marshal’s office.

The state is providing help under the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan.

The Tidyman Road Fire started about 2:45 p.m. Thursday, according to the statement. This fire was estimated at 20 acres Friday and currently involves a lumber mill and wildland-urban interface area. Homes, infrastructure and cultural values also are threatened. There are no evacuations in effect. The fire cause is under investigation.

Two small fires north of Quincy and East of Wenatchee also were burning Saturday afternoon. The Rick Island Grade Road Fire and Palisades Fire were both small but active blazes.

The Diamondback Ridge Fire, about 17 miles southeast of Yakima near Zillah, was discovered about 11:30 a.m. Friday and was estimated at 300 acres by 5 p.m. The cause was unknown, and containment information was not yet available.

The Mudgett Fire, discovered a little before 3:30 p.m. Thursday in Stevens County about 39 miles northeast of Grand Coulee, had grown to 9.5 acres by Friday afternoon. The blaze was human-caused; containment information was not available.