Fire crews are battling a nearly thousand acre blaze in Northwest Whitman County near Ewan.
The Wagner Road fire started Thursday afternoon around 2:00 and has burned about 800 acres of crops and rangeland. Nearby residents have been evacuated. State mobilization has been authorized at the request of Whitman County Fire District 2 Chief John Laughtenslaugher out of St. John. The mobilization means that fire resources from around the Washington will be responding to help battle the flames. The cause of the fire is under investigation.