Firefighters: Yakima Greenway fire possibly man-made
YAKIMA, Wash. - Firefighters are investigating a fire at the Yakima Greenway Path.
Leaders with the Yakima Fire Department (YFD) said a brush fire started around 4:40 a.m. Monday near the Yakima River at Hartford Road.
The East Valley crew said the fire was on the Yakima side of the river and called the YFD.
Reports said the overgrown brush, windy conditions and darkness posed challenges for crews to locate and reach the flames.
The fire spread to nearly five acres before firefighters were able to start containing it.
The YFD Incident Commander, requested Yakima Police Department to assist with going down river to evacuate any homeless encampments they could find.
The Greenway was closed from Rotary Lake to Sarge Hubbard park during the operation.
Firefighters said no one was injured and no buildings were damaged in the fire.
YFD reports said there is damage to the trees in the area that could create a future risk of falling.
Fire detectives believe due to the location and conditions, the fire was man-made. Detectives are investigating to determine a cause.