SR 26 now reopened after wildfire flares up again near Washtucna

Franklin Fire
Credit: Adams County Sheriff's Office

WASHTUCNA, Wash. — State Route 26 was closed two miles east of Washtucna due to smoke from a brush fire in the area. It is now reopened.

Crews are working on hotspots as the fire continues to burn.

A wildfire that burned from Franklin County into Adams County near Washtucna flared up again after it was put out earlier on Saturday.

SR 26 is closed from Washtucna to Hooper.

The initial fire burned northeast of town. The Franklin County Fire Department and the Adams County Fire Departments assisted in putting out the fire.

The fire burned almost 3.5 square miles.

People did not need to evacuate the fire burning near Highway 26. The Adams County Sheriff said state patrol was on hand on the highway helping with potential road closures.

The wind blew to the northeast, where the fire was being directed. The town was not being affected as they thought given the conditions.

The sheriff said they believe the fire was caused by lightning.