Fire burning near Elmer City, Grand Coulee 40 percent contained

Fire burning near Elmer City, Grand Coulee 40 percent contained

ELMER CITY, Wash. --- Grant County fire officials said crews are responding to the 230 Yard Fire burning on the east side of the Columbia river near Elmer City and Grand Coulee.

Officials said the fire has burned 500 acres and is 40 percent contained as of Monday morning.  State fire mobilization was approved on Sunday night.

Officials said school is canceled on Monday for Lake Roosevelt High school, Junior High School and elementary. School is also canceled for all schools in the Nespelem School District.

Level one evacuations were lifted Monday morning. 

No structures have been lost in the fire. Power lines to and from the dam are a priority to protect for fire crews. The cause of this fire is under investigation. 


Officials said there is also another fire burning on the west side of the Columbia River.

Officials said the fire is also is burning near Elmer City in Okanogan County about five miles north of Coulee Dam. As of Monday morning, the fire has burned 2,000 acres and is 75 percent lined. 

The fire burned several power poles, knocking out electric power to a few customers of Nespelem Valley Electric.

Officials said the fire started on the Okanogan County side of the river. Officials said State Route 155 was closed between Belvedere and Coulee Dam, but as of Monday morning it had reopened. 

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but a power line slap (one wire touching the other due to gusty winds) is being looked at, according to officials.

Fire crews from Grant County, Okanogan County and Douglas County are on scene.

Washington DNR officials said they have sent air resources to help battle the blaze.

 

(© 2016 KREM)


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