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The Latest: Fire burning in Eastern Washington near Hanford

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KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) - The Latest on wildfires burning in Washington (all times local):
    
2:53 p.m.
    
A wildfire burning in Benton County, Washington, that shut down roads and forced the evacuation of some workers at the Hanford nuclear site has burned about 31 square miles (80 kilometers).
    
The Tri-City Herald reports ( http://bit.ly/2tG39vi ) the blaze was burning mostly west of Hanford and about 35 miles (56 kilometers) east of Yakima.
    
The Hanford Fire Department had it contained on the nuclear reservation at 6 a.m. Monday, with no structures or contaminated areas burned.
    
The fire overall was about 30 percent contained Monday afternoon, said Jacob Welsh, a fire information officer.
    
An evacuation order for a remote area of Benton County, the Barrell Springs area, had been lifted by Monday afternoon.
    
Highway 240 remained closed at the Yakima Barricade to the Junction of Highway 225 Monday afternoon. Parts of Highway 24 were also was closed.
    
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8:53 a.m.
    
A wildfire burning in Benton County, Washington, shut down roads and forced the evacuation of some workers at the Hanford nuclear site.
    
KING-TV reports (http://kng5.tv/2tEHQKF ) that all non-essential employees north of the Wye Barricade were sent home due to heavy smoke in the area, which impacted visibility.
    
Rae Moss, a Hanford spokesperson, says the fire started Sunday at a firing range in Yakima County.
    
In response, the Washington State Department of Transportation closed State Route 24 and parts of State Route 240.
    
SR-24 is closed between Silver Dollar and the Hanford West gate.
    
The Grant County Sheriff's Office sent out an alert early Monday saying the Columbia River was closed from Priest Rapids Dam to south of the Vernita Bridge. That was because firefighting aircraft were pulling water from the river to fight the Benton County fire.
    
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Information from: KING-TV, http://www.king5.com/

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