Fire north of Moses Lake diminishes, evacuation lifted
Wed., Aug. 3, 2016
A fire seven miles north of Moses Lake that had originally threatened structures and prompted evacuations was in the mop up phase Wednesday evening.
The fire started at about 3 p.m. Tuesday in the area of Road 10 between Highway 17 and Stratford Road. Over 100 structures were threatened, but weather conditions improved Tuesday night and reduced the fire’s activity, said Washington State Patrol Officer Jeff Sevigney.
The fire was first estimated at 4,100 acres but that was reduced to 3,280 after more accurate mapping, Sevigney said. The fire is considered 95 percent contained and state resources assigned to the fire have begun leaving the area.
An evacuation order for residents near the fire has been lifted and people can return to their homes, but should remain vigilant, Sevigney said.
Sevigney said two residences and six outbuildings were lost to the fire, but there were no injuries. The Red Cross is assisting the displaced families.
All roads in the area are back open.
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