Cold Creek Fire in Benton Co. burns 42,000 acres, 80% contained

Cold Creek Fire in Benton Co. burns 42,000 acres, 80% contained
A large brush fire has closed S.R. 240 northwest of Richland Thursday afternoon.   

BENTON COUNTY, Wash. – Firefighters are getting a handle on the Cold Creek Fire, which has burned 41,920 acres and is now 80 percent contained, according to the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.

Fire investigators determined the fire was human-caused, said reporters with KVEW.

According to KVEW, firefighters are in the mop up process and monitoring the control line. Captain Fryer tells KAPP-KVEW there will not be overnight shifts on Saturday and he expects to send firefighters home Sunday.

The fire started Thursday. Several roads were closed overnight, but reopened Friday morning.

The Washington State Department of Transportation said the fire is burning near State Route 24 about 30 miles east of Yakima.

The fire was first reported in Benton County near the Yakima County line at about 2:05 p.m. Thursday.

The DNR has dubbed it the Cold Creek Fire.