August 21, 2009 in Region

Grant County wildfires no longer threaten homes

Associated Press
 

EPHRATA — Firefighters from across Washington have arrived in central Washington’s Grant County and a complex of four wildfires there no longer threatens homes.

Thursday night, about 50 homes southeast of Soap Lake were considered at risk but fire spokesman Kyle Foreman said Friday that all have been fully protected.

The four main fires in the Grant County Complex have burned about 2,000 acres; all have been contained.

Foreman says a Thursday night lightning storm started about 15 wildfires. There have been no injuries or property loss.

County commissioners declared an emergency Friday morning, which may help secure money to fight the fires. State wildland fire mobilization was ordered to support Grant County fire agencies.

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