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Fire crews continue to battle 2 wildfires near Rochester, Tenino

Fire crews continued their efforts into early Sunday morning to stop a brush fire that burned more than 30 acres near Rochester, while another brush fire near Tenino burned two vehicles and a structure.

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources sent crews to both fires. The fire near Teague Road, off Lincoln Creek Road west of Centralia, has torched more than 30 acres and is burning in slash and 40-year-old timber, according to the department.

Officials on the scene of the fire burning between Rochester and Adna have pleaded for the public to stay away from the area as traffic on logging roads was creating issues.

Several people drove out to Teague Road anyway, only to turn around at the end of the county-owned portion in front of a gravel section of the road that travels uphill onto DNR property. Several people The Chronicle talked to briefly said they drove to the area to try to get a better look at the fire; however, smoke wasn't visible from the end of Teague Road as thick tree cover obscured the view.

A large truck emblazoned with the words Naselle Youth Camp drove up the DNR road where Teague Road ended at about 7:20 p.m.

Smoke from the Teague Road fire was clearly visible from Interstate 5 as far south as Chehalis until the sun went down Sunday evening.

There was no word as of 8:55 p.m. on if that fire had torched any structures. Crews were dropping retardant on the blaze from the air just before 8 p.m.

Riverside Fire Authority officials said on Twitter that DNR fire crews had asked to use Centralia High School as a base camp for their firefighting efforts.

Riverside firefighters also posted on their Facebook page late Sunday evening that staff members have been answering calls asking about evacuations. No evacuations have been ordered for the Teague Road fire, but the department stated that should evacuations be needed, Lewis County Emergency Management has a notification system in place.

In Tenino, two vehicles and one structure were burned in the Crane Road fire, according to DNR officials. No further information was available on that fire late Sunday night.

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