LINCOLN COUNTY, Wash.-- Dry grass helped fuel a fire in Lincoln County, about seven miles south of Wilbur, on Monday.
Experts said the Apache Pass Fire threatened nearly 150 homes. At one point, 100 homes were on a Level 3 evacuation notice meaning it was mandatory. As crews got a handle on the fire, one three homes remained on a Level 1 evacuation order and three homes remained on a Level 2 evacuation order.
A Wildland Strike Team consisting of five engines and one water tender were called to fight the blaze. At last check, crews reported 4,500 acres of grass, sage, and scattered timber had burned.
Authorities reported no homes or structures had been lost in the fire.
Late Monday, authorities reported the fire was 0% contained. The total estimated mobilization cost for the fire was $500,000. The cause of the fire was under investigation.