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Odessa Fire Burns 3,000 Acres

ODESSA, Wash. - More than 3,000 acres burned in fields outside Odessa Thursday.  One farmer said he lost hundreds of acres of wheat. 

Small airplanes, flown by volunteers, spent hours dowsing the flames that burned brush and wheat fields. All while 40 to 50 fire fighters were down below, shovels in hand, clearing away brush and fuel for the fire to burn. 

The fire started in several places along highway 21 around 1:30 Thursday afternoon. The town's volunteer firefighters quickly sprung into action to fight the fire. Sadly though the fire burned hundreds of acres of wheat that Jay Scrupps depends on to make a living. 

"The 200 acres of ours, it was irrigated, if it makes a hundred bushel wheat at 5 dollars a bushel, that's $500.00 an acre, so it can add up," said Scrupps. 

Scrupps was out in his fields fighting to save what was left and the town was working along side him. Firefighters say the wind fought against them, and the flames spread very quickly. Fortunately they were able to get a handle on it and put it out within 4 to 5 hours. 

Scrupps says this isn't the first time his fields have caught fire, which is why he has fire insurance to help cover the damages.

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