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Wildfire outside Pomeroy moves into 2 separate canyons

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A wildfire broke out Tuesday in Garfield County near Pomeroy. Fire crews on scene say the burn area is an estimated 500 acres.

The fire is about 12 miles north of Pomeroy. Garfield County, Asotin County, Columbia County, and Whitman County are all on the scene trying to keep the fire contained but winds have presented a problem.

Winds reached speeds of up to 30 miles per hour and pushed the flames deep into two separate canyons.

A resident at the scene said the fire had burned in wheat fields but crews were using roads and burning brush to keep it contained. They hope to have it contained by Tuesday night.

Garfield County Fire Chief, Kris Darby, said that the fire might not be completely out until Wednesday at the earliest.

Fire officials don’t know what started the fire but they said there was a fire in this exact same spot two years ago. That one was started from a deer hunter, but crews said that likely isn’t the case for this incident.

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