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First big wildfire of the season ignites in Grant County

The fire triggered Level 3 evacuations for several hours on Tuesday. Evacuations were lifted around 9 p.m.

GRANT COUNTY, Wash. — Evacuations have been canceled in Grant County after people were forced out of their homes for hours on Tuesday.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) issued Level 3 and Level 2 evacuations Tuesday afternoon due to a wildfire near Soap Lake. A Level 2 evacuation notice means “get set,” and a Level 3 notice means “go now.” All notices were canceled around 9 p.m.

The sheriff’s office said 37 homes were threatened and updated that later to about 50 homes. About 300 acres had burned as of Tuesday evening, according to the sheriff’s office. No injuries had been reported.

State transportation officials said State Route 28 closed just east of the junction with State Route 17 near Soap Lake because of fire on both sides of the road.

Two separate power outages were also reported because of the fire, impacting about 100 customers in Soap Lake and 300 customers in Winchester, according to the Grant County Public Utility District.

It wasn't immediately known when the fire started or its cause.

The GCSO said two occupants in a Fire District 7 vehicle were injured in a rollover crash near Road 20-Northeast and Road B.5-Northeast. The vehicle was part of the wildfire response east of Soap Lake. Both occupants were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

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