Goldendale fires contained, cause property damage

Crews said the Junction Fire caused property damage and was almost out; the Viewpoint Fire was completely out

The Junction Fire caused property damage, July 3 2015. (KOIN)
The Junction Fire caused property damage, July 3 2015. (KOIN)

GOLDENDALE, Wash. (KOIN 6) – All directions of Highway 14 and US 97 have re-opened Friday morning, but crews remain on scene of two grass fires in the same vicinity of each other.

The fires were named Junction Fire and Viewpoint Fire.

The Junction Fire was mainly out by 7 a.m. Officials said one home, an apartment, a hay barn and 7 out buildings were destroyed. Three people were displaced because of the fire that began around 5:15 p.m. Thursday in the area of Hwy. 15 and US 97.

At 5 p.m., officials said the fire was 90% contained and burned about 2000 acres between mile markers 100 and 105 on Hwy. 14 and mile marker 2 and 3 on Hwy. 97.

The fire also caused damage to utility lines in the area.

One home, an apartment, one hay barn and seven out buildings were destroyed. Three people have been displaced from their homes as a result of the Junction Fire.

Viewpoint Fire

The Viewpoint Fire was reported shortly after the Junction Fire on the east side of Hwy 97 near mile marker 7. It burned for several hours but firefighters have since contained it. It burned about 1025 acres, officials said.

A total of 12 Klickitat County fire departments were called to help with firefighting efforts. Additional help was provided by the Washington Department of Natural Resources and Sherman County, Oregon. One firefighter suffered a minor leg injury.

There have been no evacuation orders.

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