Several crews sent home as Powerline Fire is tamed


Crews attacking the Powerline Fire near Mattawa made substantial progress overnight Monday, bringing the fire to 65 percent containment.

The fire, which started Sunday, has burned about 7,800 acres of mostly sage and grassland.

Several crews fighting the fire were sent home Tuesday, said Nancy Jones, information officer with the Southeast Washington Incident Team.

Two hotshot crews remain at the fire to “work on containment lines and mopping up,” Jones said.

On Monday, the Grand County PUD replaced 10 power poles that were destroyed Sunday by the fire.

The poles were supplying power to irrigation systems in the area, as well as serving as a cell tower and a radio repeater for local law enforcement and emergency services, she said.

“That was a good thing being able to get those things replaced,” Jones said.