Authorities: Road 29 fire sparked by drilling operation

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by KREM.COM & Ashley Korslien

KREM.com

Posted on July 25, 2011 at 1:38 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 26 at 7:41 AM

ODESSA, Wash. – Authorities suspect the more than 3,000 acre fire in Lincoln County Monday was sparked by a drilling operation in Grant County.

The Road 29 fire is the biggest wildfire in the region this season.  No homes were affected, but a shed with farm equipment burned down.

Crews came from around the state to assist with the fire. Officials said three strike teams were also called out.

Crews worked into the evening Monday to mop up the area and make sure the perimeter was safe.  Fire crews said the rain helped put out the fire.

Crews planned to return Tuesday morning to check on the area.

Officials believe the fire was sparked by a well drilling operation in Grant County and it spread up to Lincoln County.

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