Fire at Hanford nuclear reservation now 100 percent contained
Crews have contained a wildfire that sparked on the Hanford nuclear reservation in Eastern Washington this weekend.
Lightning started a wildfire this weekend in the central part of the Hanford nuclear reservation, burning about 1,000 acres.
The fire was first reported at 11:40 a.m. Sunday morning. Fire crews started small fires, called back burns, to help contain the fire.
A Department of Energy spokesperson said the fire is now 100 percent contained and no facilities were near the fire. Fire crews will continue to monitor the area.
From World War II through the Cold War, reactors at Hanford produced plutonium for nuclear weapons. Now, Hanford is one of the most contaminated nuclear sites in the world. Cleanup efforts are underway for the millions of gallons of radioactive waste in underground tanks and other facilities.