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Grant County man allegedly burns American flag blanket on Memorial Day Weekend, causes 5-acre fire

Grant County Fire District 13 and the Ephrata Fire Department work to put out a fire Sunday near the Ephrata airport. (Grant County Fire District)
From staff reports

A Grant County man is accused of burning an American flag blanket on Memorial Day Weekend, causing a 5-acre brush fire in Ephrata.

The Sunday evening blaze was in a field near the Ephrata airport, according to officials. No structures were damaged.

Ephrata and Grant County firefighters worked to quickly put out the fire, officials said. Ephrata police are investigating.

The 33-year-old man is under investigation for the incident, but hasn’t been charged, according to Ephrata police. Police said witnesses reported that he burned the blanket, but he denies burning anything.

“No matter your political views, we think it’s safe to say we can all agree starting a wildfire is no good!,” Grant County Fire District 13 posted on Facebook.