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State resources mobilized to fight Soap Lake Fire in Grant County

UPDATED: Tue., June 12, 2018, 9:05 p.m.

Grant County Fire District 13 crews worked the lines overnight working to establish containment on the Soap Lake Fire, which is estimated at 2,000 acres. (Grant County Fire District 13)
Grant County Fire District 13 crews worked the lines overnight working to establish containment on the Soap Lake Fire, which is estimated at 2,000 acres. (Grant County Fire District 13)

State fire resources have been tapped to fight a fire burning 5 miles north of the town of Soap Lake in Grant County.

The 2,000-acre fire, which began Monday, was threatening about 25 homes and structures, said Bill Slosson, chief deputy at the state fire marshal’s office.

Evacuation orders were enacted to the north and northeast of the lake. Some residents were told to evacuate immediately, while others were advised to be ready to leave at a moment’s notice.

Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources early Tuesday, bringing the number of firefighters working the fire to about 110. The fire was about 50 percent contained.

Slosson said crews were working to aggressively fight the fire before winds picked up. , No structures had been lost and no injuries were reported.

The fire was burning mostly grass and brush in a remote area on the northeast side of the lake. Slosson said it was threatening parts of state Highway 17, though the road remained open.

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A cause of the fire has was not immediately determined.


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