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Batterman Fire in Douglas County grows to 14,100 acres, 80% contained

The Douglas County Sheriff's office has reduced all evacuation areas to level 1.

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Wash. — A brush fire burning in Douglas County near East Wenatchee has grown to at least 14,100 acres and is about 80% contained as of Friday morning, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office

On Thursday, Firefighters continued holding existing containment lines and establishing lines east of Batterman Road, west of Rock Island Grade and south of Beaver Creek. 

Efforts are focused on protecting structures, sensitive natural resources and minimizing impacts to grazing lands and private property. 

Monday night, firefighters continued to focus on the most active portions of the fire in the Rock Island Creek Drainage.

The Batterman Road Fire located near Grant and Batterman Roads began burning on the Fourth of July, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. 

As of Monday morning, approximately 80 structures are threatened by the flames. Local resources are being relieved by state mobilization resources and the state's Incident Management Team will manage ongoing suppression efforts, the sheriff's office said. 

Level 1 evacuations are in place on Rock Island Grade Road from Moses Stool to Highway 28, according to the sheriff's office. On Tuesday, level one evacuations are also being implemented for Road S Southwest. The Palisades is now set at Level 1 evacuations.

Rock Island Grade road is closed from Moses Stool to Highway 28.

The Batterman Fire is burning in sage and grass and the cause of the fire is currently under investigation. There have been no reports of any injuries or structure losses at this time. People are asked to avoid the area and yield to emergency vehicles. 

An emergency shelter through the Red Cross is located at Eastmont High School. 

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