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The first day of spring was a busy one for area firefighters

Crews battle a wildfire Wednesday afternoon near the western edge of Capitol State Forest.
Crews battle a wildfire Wednesday afternoon near the western edge of Capitol State Forest. Grays Harbor Fire District 5

The first day of spring also seemed to mark the start of wildfire season in Western Washington.

Crews in Grays Harbor County battled a fire that spread to 30 to 40 acres in Malone starting Wednesday afternoon near the western edge of Capitol State Forest, according to Grays Harbor Fire District 5.

Crews from the state Department of Natural Resources and Thurston County were called in along with a helicopter for water drops.

A DNR team remained on scene as the fire flared up overnight. The cause is still under investigation.

Another fire in Eatonville spread to 15 acres and people in nearby homes were asked to evacuate, according to firefighters in Pierce County.

Near Lacey, crews kept a brush fire in Evergreen Valley to a few acres Wednesday evening.

“Use extreme caution, fire fuels are extremely dry right now,” Lacey Fire District 3 tweeted.

DNR said crews have responded to 49 wildfires in Western Washington since Monday. KIRO reports one of those fires burned about 120 acres of farmland in Lewis County.

The Associated Press reports counties in southwest Washington and Oregon issued burn bans Wednesday due to warmer-than-normal temperatures and wind.

Late Wednesday, crews from across Washington were sent to help fight the North Maple Fire near Kelso, including a team from South Thurston Fire & EMS.

That fire was estimated to be 40 acres and growing. Level 3 evacuations were in place, according to the state fire marshal’s office.

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