5,600 Acre Riparia Fire In South Central Whitman County Is Out

The Riparia Fire in South Central Whitman County is out.

The blaze started on Thursday afternoon when a combine caught fire at the intersection of Ridpath and Little Goose Dam Roads South of Hay.  The combine driver was injured and was taken to the hospital by Whitman County Fire District 8 Volunteers out of LaCrosse.

The blaze torched over 5,500 acres in the canyons on the Northside of the Snake River West of Central Ferry.  Some ag land burned as well.  The blaze burned up to State Route 127 near Central Ferry.  The highway was closed Thursday night and was reopened on Friday morning.  No structures were damaged.  The fire was state mobilized on Thursday night.  Fire crews from Southeastern Washington arrived on scene Friday morning.  Volunteer firefighters from every department in Whitman County battled the blaze Thursday night into Friday morning.  The volunteers had the blaze mostly out by the time state mobilized crews arrived. The fire burned in District 8.