Nisqually John Fire In Snake River Canyon Expected To Be Completely Out Today

The Nisqually John Fire in the Snake River Canyon in Southern Whitman County is expected to be officially completely contained today.

The blaze started on Friday morning along the bank of the river near the recreational site West of Colton-Uniontown.  The blaze torched over 1,200 acres in high winds.  Whitman County Fire District 14 Volunteer Firefighters initially responded to the blaze on Friday morning.  Units from around the Palouse we called in to help fight the fire.

On Friday afternoon District 14 asked for an received a Washington state mobilization on the fire.  The mob brought in fire crews from around the state.  The state crews took command of the fire on Saturday morning.  Those crews started to demobilize to other wildfires in Washington on Saturday.  By the end of the day on Saturday the fire was officially at 50% containment.  There were over 100 firefighters on the lines.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.  The command post for the fire was set up at Colton High School.  The scene will be turned back over to District 14 later today.