Wildfire near George sparked by BBQ along river

GEORGE, Wash. -- The Grant County Sheriff said a wildfire burning near George was sparked by a BBQ along the river Saturday evening. GCSO said there is no longer an evacuation notice in place. 

Officials said the fire is contained and appeared to be accidental. They said no criminal charges are expected. 

On Monday, the Washington State Patrol approved state fire mobilization for the area. 

Crews were called to the scene around 6:00 p.m. Sunday. Grant County Sheriff Public Information Officer Kyle Foreman said the fire is burning between the Columbia River and I-90. He said when crews first got on scene they estimated the fire to be about 1,000 acres but as of 8:15 p.m. he had not heard an update on the acreage.

Authorities said the fire is burning in sage brush, grass and steep terrain. There are no structures nearby.   

I-90 in both directions were shut down for about two hours. The interstate reopened at around 9:30 p.m.

Six agencies have responded to the fire. No injuries have been reported.

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