5,000-acre grass fire burning near Selah, Washington

5,000-acre grass fire burning near Selah

SELAH, Wash. (AP) – A wildfire burning near the town of Selah in Yakima County has grown to about 5,000 acres of grass and shrub.

Janet Pearce of the state Department of Natural Resources says the fire is burning about 8 miles north of Selah, and none of it has been contained yet. She says a few homes in the rural area have been evacuated.

More than 100 firefighters are using six helicopters and two air tanker planes to battle the blaze.

Pearce says no structures have burned.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reported Tuesday that gunfire is believed to have started the fire. Selah Deputy Fire Chief Jim Martin says someone was shooting near the L.T. Murray Wildlife Area, and that sparks flew into dry grass and ignited the blaze.