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Firefighters: 2-acre Yakima Greenway fire likely human caused

Firefighters: 2-acre Yakima Greenway fire likely human caused

YAKIMA, Wash. - Firefighters are asking for help in identifying the person or people who possibly started a fire at the Yakima Greenway.

A brush fire along the walking path caused a big traffic backup Thursday at Highway 12 while fire crews were on scene working to make the area safe. Yakima Fire Department firefighter Jeff Pfaff said the highway was reduced to one lane for drivers heading west near the 16th Avenue exit, causing traffic to move very slowly.

Firefighters were called to the fire at N. 6th Avenue around 3 p.m. Thursday. They informed Action News the fire scorched roughly two acres along the Greenway.

Fire crews with the Yakima Training Center and Gleed Fire also responded to this incident, according to Pfaff.

Pfaff says firefighters first contained the blaze between the Yakima River and the road then completely extinguished the flames by Thursday night. Crews also worked to remove trees that were at risk of falling.

The fire was likely human-caused, according to a YFD news release.

Firefighters are asking anyone who was at the Greenway Thursday and saw someone possibly starting the fire to call the YFD at 509-575-6060.

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