COULEE DAM, WA.-Evacuation levels and tensions have eased on the Grass Valley Fire as calmer and cooler weather conditions work in firefighters favor today. Grand Coulee north of canal now Level 2 (be set to leave if necessary). Coulee Dam (west) now Level 2. Grand Coulee south of the canal is Level 1, Electric City is Level 1 (be aware of nearby fire). No other notices in effect.
COULEE DAM, WA.- The winds have subsided but a threatening wildfire continues to burn out of control in Grant and Douglas County. State fire assistance has been mobilized under the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan in support of local firefighters working to contain the Grass Valley Fire.
Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources on August 11, 2018, at 1:45 pm at the request of Chief Tyler Caille, Douglas County Fire District 5.
The Grass Valley Fire started Saturday and, fanned by gusty winds was burning in mostly grass and brush. This fire is estimated at 1,000 acres and growing. It is threatening homes, crops, and infrastructure. Level 2 and 3 evacuations are in effect at this time. Coulee Dam is now under a Level 3 order. The fire cause is under investigation.
Mobilization specialists from the Fire Protection Bureau have ordered 3 wildland task forces and a Type 3 incident management team.
The State Emergency Operations Center at Camp Murray is activated to Level 2 to coordinate state assistance for the Grass Valley Fire. State Fire Marshal’s Office personnel are en route to the scene to coordinate dispatch of resources.