Washington Flats fire covers 400 acres

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on August 22, 2011 at 11:02 AM

Updated Monday, Aug 22 at 6:15 PM

GRAND COULEE, Wash. – The weather is posing a large threat to officials battling a wildfire north of Grand Coulee, in Douglas County.

Authorities say the fire broke around 2:00 p.m. Sunday, and was listed as a State Mobilization fire Sunday evening around 8:45 p.m.

Officials say the fire is more than 400 acres and is 40%contained.

Fifteen to 20 residences are reportedly being threatened, and the area is under a level one evacuation notification.  That means residents need to be prepared to evacuate quickly.

Officials say at the time of the mobilization, there were 120 personnel working with 25 wildland engines, 5 tenders and 4 aircraft on the fire. Two Hotshot hand crews have also been ordered.

The expected weather is posing a significant threat for the personnel with wind gusts expected to be 10 to 20 mph, 90 degree temperatures with a relative humidity below 20%.

No injuries have been reported, and no structures have been lost. 

 

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