Soap Lake Fire In Grant County Now 90% Contained June 14, 2018
CLICK TO ENLARGE: Soap lake Fire. Photo: WSP
(GRANT COUNTY, WA.) – The Washington State Patrol said Wednesday night that firefighters completed line construction and were successful Wednesday in keeping the fire within its established perimeter although strong gusty winds did test the fire lines during the afternoon.
Fire crews continued to be demobilized throughout the day and the rest are scheduled leave today. The fire has burned 2,063 acres and is now 90% contained with no new growth.
The Soap Lake Fire started June 11th at 4:30 pm along State Route 17 four miles north of Soap Lake. Grant County Fire District 7 responded and quickly requested mutual aid from surrounding communities as the fire grew rapidly with the strong winds that were present at the time.
“Firefighters from numerous state, federal and local agencies battled the fire through the night and into the early morning hours,” said WSP Trooper Jeff Sevigney. “Their efforts saved numerous homes and outbuildings that were threatened. Level 2 & 3 evacuation orders were issued for approximately 50 residents in the area.”