Firefighters spent the 4th of July dousing hot spots on the Conrad Fire in the Wenas Valley. Fire officials say the blaze burned about 5,300 acres before it was under control Wednesday afternoon. Randy Shephard, spokesman for the Southeast Washington Incident Management team says 180 firefighters were battling the blaze on Tuesday along with helicopters and planes. At one point Shephard says they were worried the fire was burn in an area where flames torched land during last year's Wenas fire burned.
But firefighters were able to stop the fire before that happened. Firefighters were also able to save homes and animals. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. No homes were lost and no injuries reported.