Saddle Mountain Fire almost fully contained as interagency management team departs

Southeast Washington Interagency Management Team photo

With the Saddle Mountain Fire south of Royal City nearly fully contained, the Southeast Washington Interagency Management Team has handed over firefighting control to local agencies.

The state’s largest wildfire this year burned more than 8,000 acres of remote U.S. Fish and Wildlife preserve land in Grant County.

Winds finally died down Wednesday and crews were able to complete mop-up work on the fire, which started just after noon Monday.

Local firefighting agencies will now be monitoring for potential hot spots.

A winding two-track road served as a fire break on the Saddle Mountain Fire in Grant County. —
Photo by the Southeast Washington Interagency Management Team

The fire burned on culturally and environmentally sensitive land, which made firefighting efforts more challenging.

After the fire was reported Monday, aircraft were used heavily but by Tuesday ground crews took over and built containment lines while battling strong winds into Wednesday.