Yakima, Wa looking North on N. 16th Ave.

Yakima firefighters are battling a large brush fire that started near North 16th and Highway 12 this afternoon. The fire spread down each side of Highway 12 threatening homes and businesses in the area. The large plume of smoke can be seen from all around the area. The fire has closed traffic on highway 12 from 16th to first avenue and a number of homes and businesses have been evacuated. Multiple fire units from throughout the valley are now on the scene of the fire. No word on how the fire was started. So far no injuries have been reported.