Halfway Fire burning 100-acres near Naches likely caused by campers

Halfway Fire burning 100-acres near Chinook causes campground, home evacuations Photo: Yakima Valley Office of Emergency Management

NACHES, Wash. – A 100-acre fire called Halfway Fire burning in the Cliffdell/Nile about 25 miles west of Yakima was likely caused by campers according to fire crews.

The blaze caused the closure and/or evacuation of several campgrounds and homes in the area.

Yakima Valley Office of Emergency Management officials report the blaze has also caused the closure of Boulder Cave, Boulder Cave Trail, and Road No. 1704. State Route 410 remains open according to Yakima Valley OEM however drivers are asked to be cautious in the area.

Camp Roganunda was evacuated and the children were relocated to a nearby church. Halfway Flat campgrounds are also evacuated and closed.

Officials say 70 different agencies including the Forest Service, Department of Natural Resources and multiple rural county fire districts are responding the fire.

Two 20 person crews are working on the Halfway Fire including three fire engines, and helicopters according to Yakima Valley OEM.

So far the Halfway Fire has not burned any structures according to officials and the cause of the fire is under investigation. Firefighters say the fire was likely started by campers.

Drivers are asked to exercise extreme caution driving near the blaze and asked to avoid the area.

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