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Riparia Fire | Fire under control and evacuations lifted

Riparia Fire is estimated to have burned 5,600 acres. According to officials, the fire is now under control.

WHITMAN COUNTY, Wash. — A wildfire in Whitman County is now fully contained. The Riparia fire started near Ridpath Road south of Hay on Thursday, as reported by the Whitman County Sheriff's Office (WCSO)

The fire is estimated to have burned 5,000 acres. According to officials, the fire is now under control.

The Riparia Fire started on Thursday at approximately 4:30 p.m. Level 2 and 3 evacuations were in place as of Friday morning but have since been lifted. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The fire has spread along the breaks of the Snake River and has made it to the Central Ferry area, according to the WCSO.

On Sunday, Washington State Patrol reported that the state fire mobilization for the Riparia fire had ended. The State Emergency Operations Center at Camp Murray remains activated to Level 2 to help coordinate state assistance for the Riparia Fire.

The Mobilization Plan is implemented to provide a process to quickly notify, assemble and deploy fire service personnel, equipment and other resources from around the state when fires, disasters or other events exceed the capacity of local jurisdictions.

While crews were working to battle the fire in the area on Thursday night and part of Friday morning, State Route 127 from Dusty Washington to the Central Ferry Bridge was closed. 

This is a developing story and will be updated when more information becomes available.

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