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Flicked cigarette starts wildfire near Highway 14 in Washougal

Posted: Updated: Oct 5, 2012 08:36 PM
WASHOUGAL, WA (KPTV) -

A wildfire that shut down Highway 14 in Washougal spread to 50 acres Friday night.

Firefighters first responded at 5 p.m. near the entrance of the Steigerwald Lake Wildlife Refuge. The windy weather helped fuel the wildfire and gusts allowed it to continue spreading west as the evening went on.

By 5:30 p.m. troopers said the highway was closed in both directions on the eastern edge of Washougal.

At around 6:15 p.m., authorities said the highway was partially open again with only partial lane closures expected as crews fought the fire.

The wind also prevented a helicopter crew from dropping water on the fire.

The fire closed in on the Washougal Industrial Park and the Washougal Waste Treatment Plant as crews worked to slow its progress. Evacuations were ordered at some area businesses.

Firefighters said the fire could only go so far, because it's burning in wetlands.

Just before 9 p.m., fire crews said they had primary containment of the blaze after knocking down a good chunk of it.

Several agencies responded to the scene with a total of 14 fire trucks and more than 30 firefighters.

Investigators said the fire was started by a flicked cigarette butt.

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