Wind-fed grass fire controlled in Clarkston Heights

A small but wind-fed grass fire threatened homes Thursday evening on the northwestern edge of the Clarkston Heights.

A team of firefighters led by Asotin County Fire District No.1 ultimately controlled the blaze that was concentrated in a U-shaped draw that sits between Linda Lane and the western end of Rolling Hills Drive and comes to a terminus at Florence Lane. The fire fed off of grass unusually dry for May and it was also helped by yard clippings from those lawns. Winds at the time averaged 25 to 30 mph with gusts between 35 and 45 mph, according to the National Weather Service at Spokane.

Because of the strong and erratic winds, Asotin County Fire District Chief Noel Hardin called in engines from the cities of Asotin, Clarkston and Lewiston to provide structure protection. None of the seven or eight homes initially threatened by the blaze were burned, but Hardin said a couple of junk cars were torched, and some landscaping bushes were lost. (Lewiston Tribune)

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