More crews head to Yakama reservation fire

Published On: Aug 21 2012 02:33:46 PM PDT
YAKIMA, Wash. -

A state fire management team will take over a wildfire that was sparked by lightning on a closed area of the Yakama Indian Reservation.

Department of Natural Resources spokesman Bryan Flint says the state team will assume oversight of the wildfire Tuesday afternoon. The fire is burning forest in the Diamond Butte area, about 15 miles northwest of White Swan.

The fire has burned less than a square mile. At least 115 firefighters are already on the scene.

Meanwhile, fire crews are still hoping to fully contain a wildfire east of Cle Elum on Tuesday. The fire has caused an estimated $8.3 million in property damage.