Fire Crews Make Progress In Yakima - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Fire Crews Make Progress In Yakima: Anthony Gomes On The Fire Lines

YAKIMA, Wash. -- A fire west of Yakima continues to burn after injuring three firefighters, destroying a fire engine and burning more than 15 square miles, but authorities say calm winds have helped slow the growth of the Cowiche fire.

The fire is 35 percent contained after burning 6,200 acres.

The fire started Sunday afternoon. The cause is still under investigation.

Fire crews say two sheds have been destroyed and a vacant building owned by The Department of Fish and Wildlife has been damaged.

Apple orchards line the hillside below the fire line. Crews said the green orchards acted as a barrier, which prevented the fire from reaching some homes. Several acres of orchards were reported destroyed.

Airplane pilots who dropped fire retardant saved at least two homes. Protective red dye can be seen on the hillside and surrounding several homes.

Three firefighters were treated for smoke inhalation and minor injuries. All three are out of the hospital, according to officials at the fire command center.

KHQ Local News Reporter Anthony Gomes contributed to this report.

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