Brush fire near Beverly has burned 5,000 acres and knocked out power, fiber


Updated at 1:40 p.m.: State crews have joined the fight agaomst a brush fire near Beverly that has consumed about 5,000 acres.

This morning, a Level 3 evacuation order was issued for the Smyrna Canyon area, meaning residentswere told to leave immediately.

Grant County firefighting crews battled the blaze along Beverly Burke Road and state Route 243 overnight. Several out buildings are reported to have been destroyed but no homes.

There also have been no reported injuries.

Level 2 evacuations are in place for Beverly, Schawana and Wanapum Village. Level 2 indicates a significant risk.

An evacuation shelter has been established at Royal City Intermediate School.

The fire has damaged Grant County PUD poles and lines, knocking out power to about 285 customers. The PUD also reports that it has lost fiber optics infrastructure to about 500 customers in the Beverly and Mattawa areas.

PUD crews are working to restore services but have had trouble getting access to some areas.

Helicopters are pulling water from the Columbia River, upstream from Wanapum Dam.

A command post has been set up in Royal City, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office reported. No cause of the fire, which started Monday evening, has yet been determined.