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Wildfire burning outside Coulee City

Fri., Aug. 12, 2011, 9:27 p.m.

U.S. Highway 2 and state Route 17 about three miles west of Coulee City were closed Friday as firefighters battled a 2,500-acre wildfire.

Grant and Douglas county firefighters were dispatched about 4 p.m. Friday to the area, where the fire burned sagebrush and grass, according to a Grant County Emergency Management news release. As of Friday night, about 50 percent of the fire was contained. No homes or structures have been lost and none was threatened Friday night. The news release did not indicate how the fire started.

Several Bonneville Power Administration transmission poles were damaged, but no power outages were reported and no one has been injured, the news release said. Fire resources from around the state responded and the State Emergency Operations Center at Camp Murray was activated to support firefighting efforts.


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