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Fire briefly disrupts traffic in The Dalles

Crews mop up the west end of a second alarm grass fire at Interstate 84 exit 84 westbound, between the freeway and First Street west of Union Street. The fire burned an area approximately 50 by 100 feet. Crews extinguished the fire, checked fuel tanks at nearby Hattenhauers Distributors and cleared a hand line along the east end of the fire. Cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Crews mop up the west end of a second alarm grass fire at Interstate 84 exit 84 westbound, between the freeway and First Street west of Union Street. The fire burned an area approximately 50 by 100 feet. Crews extinguished the fire, checked fuel tanks at nearby Hattenhauers Distributors and cleared a hand line along the east end of the fire. Cause of the fire remains under investigation. Photo by Mark Gibson.

A small grass fire briefly closed First Street Thursday evening as fire crews from Mid Columbia Fire and Rescue and Dallesport Rural Fire Department extinguished the blaze.

The fire was located on the north side of the highway, burning grass and brush between the highway and First Street west of Union, across from Columbia Grain Growers in the vicinity of a railroad underpass.

First Street was closed at approximately 5 p.m., and reopened at 5:45. I-84 was also closed briefly. Cause of the fire was unknown.

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