Coulee Meadows Fire in Douglas County burns more than 600 acres

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Grant County Fire District 13 photo.

The Coulee Meadows Fire, which started Thursday evening north of Ephrata grew to more than 600 acres overnight and threatened homes in Douglas County.

The fire started about 8 p.m. in dry sage and grass and quickly spread.

Thursday evening, the fire was approved for state mobilization, bringing in more firefighting resources and an interagency incident management team.

Level 1 evacuation notices were issued for some residences in the area but the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said Friday morning that no structures are currently threatened.

The fire was reported at 250 acres Thursday night but by Friday morning it had grown to more than 600 acres, Grant County Fire District 13 reported.

Fire District 13 described the fire’s behavior Thursday night as extreme, with fire whirls, strong wind and 50-foot flames at times.

Moses Coulee Road is closed from Highway 2 to the intersection of Road 24 Northwest.

Level 1 evacuation notices have been issued for residences north of the fire to Road 3 Southeast; East of the fire to Road C Southwest and to Division Road.

The Rimrock Meadows area is currently not under a fire evacuation notice, the sheriff’s office said.