Wildfire near Anatone area is 50% contained and has scorched 2,000 acres

ANATONE, WA - The Mail Trail fire is now at 50% containment according to the Washington Department of Natural Resources which is the agency managing the blaze.

The 2,000 acre fire that started Saturday in the Anatone area, concerned legislators in Olympia enough to sign an agreement, making the Department of Natural Resources responsible for protecting that piece of land, starting today.

The change comes after Blue Mountain Fire District No.1 was denied state fire resource mobilization. The Blue Mountain Fire District fought the fire all weekend. No structures are threatened at this time, however Asotin County Fire District No.1 is offering structure protection to the homes in the Heller Bar area. Containment lines are established along the Grande Ronde river and Joseph Creek area.