This story has all kinds of hilarity in it but Flaming Mice takes it for the win.
Flaming mice on the run.
That’s fire Chief Larry Hector’s best guess at what happened Saturday evening as flames rekindled from the Frog Hollow fire that began earlier in the day.
“Mice come out of the fire, on fire, and run into the unburned stuff. And start the fire all over again,” Hector explained.
Hector heads Walla Walla County Fire District 6 out of Touchet and was incident commander for three separate fires that scorched about 300 acres of mostly alfalfa stubble in the Touchet area. The original fire was started by a combine, the second started under a power line and the third was caused when a hawk struck a different power line and brought it down, he said.
A fourth burn was a restart of the original Frog Hollow Road blaze, he said, and that came under control at about 5 p.m.
The situation forced the evacuation of one family in the 6000 block of Frog Hollow Road for a few hours, and other residents left nearby homes as a precaution, said Liz Jessee, director of Walla Walla County Emergency Management. Another family in the evacuation zone chose to stay in place with the help of sprinklers, she added.