Level One Evacuations Lifted on Wahluke Slope Fire

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Wahluke Slope Fire
Photo provided by Grant County Fire District 13 brush truck on scene of Wahluke Slope Fire

Grant County: The Grant County Sheriff’s office has cancelled Level One evacuation notices on the Wahluke Slope Fire.

Grant County: The Wahluke Slope Fire started Friday night near State Route 24 Mile Post 59 and continues to burn today but there is no current threat to any populated areas. Grant County Fire District 13 officials reported the fire burning to the north over the top of the Saddle Mountains. The fire has consumed over 11,000 acres and was reported 50 percent contained last night. Unified Command between Grant County fire districts, Adams County Fire District 5, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are managing the fire. Fire units from across Grant County are on scene. The fire is in an area very difficult to access and firefighting aircraft are being utilized to help crews on the ground.

Wahluke Slope Flire
Map provided by Grant County Sheriff’s office

Level 1 evacuation notices were issued Saturday for residents inside the area indicated in yellow on the attached map. This is roughly the area of the Grant-Adams county line west of Othello along State Route 26. People in the area need to be aware of the fire and that conditions may change the course of the fire.
Updates will be published when needed at www.facebook.com/GrantCoSheriff and on Twitter @GrantCoSheriff.

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Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.