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Firefighters battle a brush fire north of East Wenatchee along Highway 2/97 Tuesday afternoon. Lightning may have started the fire.

Updated, 4:15 p.m. Tuesday:

ORONDO — The fire burning near Highway 2 was reported contained at 3:55 p.m. and the roadway is clear, according to the state Department of Transportation.


ORONDO — A wind-driven brush fire scorched a hillside north of Rocky Reach Dam on Tuesday.

Lightning sparked the fire about 1:30 p.m. and it was estimated at 12 acres by 2 p.m. It burned up a hillside above Turtle Rock near milepost 136 on Highway 2/97, said Chief Jim Oatley with Douglas County Fire District 4.

“It’s racing fast up the hillside and about 10 mph winds with medium fuels,” Oatley said Tuesday afternoon.

Crews are on scene from Douglas County fire districts 4 and 1 and the state Department of Natural Resources.

“We’re doing our best to get it out,” Oatley said.

It was one of several grass fires reported Tuesday afternoon. 

This story will be updated as more information is available. 

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