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Wildfire Jumps I-90 Monday Afternoon Near George, Washington

Washington State Patrol
A fire jumped across Interstate 90 near George, Washington, Monday

A fire that started Sunday afternoon jumped lines around noon Monday and burned across Interstate 90 near George, Washington. The fire has grown to about 900 acres, but so far no structures have burned.

The fire was being mopped up Monday morning. But it then grew, fueled by the wind. About 200 firefighters came to the scene from across Washington.

A semi-trailer load of hay burned near the highway on Frontage Road. The driver had to disconnect and is safe. In the afternoon the state patrol closed I-90 between George and the Vantage bridge.

About 50 homes were evacuated, but residents have been allowed to return.

Anna King calls Richland, Washington home and loves unearthing great stories about people in the Northwest. She reports for the Northwest News Network from a studio at Washington State University, Tri-Cities. She covers the Mid-Columbia region, from nuclear reactors to Mexican rodeos.