U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers Rangers Accidentally Spark Small Wildfire Along Snake River

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers rangers’ failed attempt to safely discard hot coals sparked a small wildfire on the bank of the Snake River in Whitman County.

Whitman County Fire District 14 Volunteer Firefighters out of Colton and Uniontown were called to the small blaze between Wawawai Landing and Granite Point on Monday afternoon.  Volunteers quickly extinguished the fire that burned brush along the waterline.  District 14 officials say the rangers called in the fire.  The federal workers were cleaning out the fire pits along the river when they accidentally started the fire while trying to toss hot coals into the water.

The annual campfire ban on corps ground along the river starts June 10th.   Whitman County Fire District 12 Volunteers out of Pullman were called in to assist.