Wildfires near Moses Lake now over 20,000 acres

GRANT COUNTY, Wash. --  A fire burning northeast of Moses Lake near the town of Marlin is estimated to have grown to be over 20,000 acres as of Sunday afternoon, down from the 28,000 acres previously estimated.

The Black Rock Fire was estimated to be 23,600 acres and approximately 40 percent contained. Fire crews, aided by a single engine tanker plane and citizens with farming equipment, were able to stop a flare-up and spread of the fire Sunday.

The fire had threatened 25 residences, crops and livestock.  Grant County officials said since the fire wasn't growing at a rapid pace, evacuation orders were lifted Sunday.

The fire started Saturday afternoon and grew from 3,000 acres to 11,000 acres in a matter of hours. Fire crews say strong winds fueled the fire.


At least one person was taken to a hospital for smoke inhalation; that person is expected to be okay.

Fire crews at the scene Sunday say the fire is burning sage brush and  grass on rocky terrain. Warm temperatures and 10-15 mph winds have accelerated the fire's growth.

Containment efforts Sunday will focus on limiting the spread of the fire and constructing a containment line in preparation for expected windy conditions Monday evening.

The Department of Natural Resources has sent in air resources to help fight the fire. A state fire mobilization has been approved by the Washington State Patrol.

Latest updates from KREM 2 News.

 

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