Firefighters respond to another brush fire in the Fred Meyer area

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Fire investigators have yet to determine if a series of brush fires along the Columbia River in the past week are connected, with the most recent happening early this morning across from Fred Meyer.

That 4:27 a.m. fire, which was quickly extinguished, was just north of a brush fire last Thursday afternoon near 3rd Street that closed Highway 28 for about an hour.

There were three brush fires along the river a week ago Monday.

Those early-morning Sept. 6 fires were all within an hour and a half of each other.

One was also not far from Fred Meyer near the George Sellar Bridge.

The other two were on the Chelan County side of the river, one just north of the Odabashian Bridge and the other just north of Walla Walla Point Park.

Fire officials have yet to determine a cause of the fires, said Kay McKellar, spokeswoman for Chelan County Fire District 1 and Douglas County Fire District 2.

“They have not been able to catch anyone, or see anything that they can tie anyone into,” McKellar said. “Originally, they thought the first ones were maybe a transient trying to have a warming fire.”

But that hasn’t been proven to be the case. And it’s not known yet if some or all of the fires are connected, she said.

“We haven’t been able to find any evidence that says it’s an arsonist,” McKellar said.