Three Homes Confirmed Lost in Monument Hill Fire

Monument Hill

Updated Friday 2 PM

Authorities now confirm three homes and numerous outbuilding were destroyed in the Monument Hill Fire. Fire managers say the blaze scorched 5,000 acres and damaged scores of farm implements, vehicles and multiple outbuildings. The fire is currently 50 percent contained but officials are concerned about the Red Flag Warning calling for gusty winds Friday evening.

Wenatchee, Wa.- One home is confirmed lost in a wind-blown brush fire in the Monument Hill area west of Quincy. The fire erupted last night and quickly grew to over 500 acres of mostly sage, grass and crops according to fire managers. WSP Trooper Brian Moore shot this video of the fire last night. . .

The winds were gusting at over 25 miles an hour last night but they have calmed down. Officials with Grant County Sheriff’s Department tweeted this morning that the firefighters appeared to be gaining the upper hand.

Monument Hill Fire
Map of Monument Hill Fire provided by Grant County Sheriff’s Department

Monument Hill Fire Causes Power Outage

Douglas County PUD reported that about 350 customers in the Palisades were without power because of the fire. Crews were working last night to restore electricity.

As of this morning all evacuations had been lowered to Level One status. Earlier in the evening Grant County Sheriffs and WSP Troopers went door to door advising about 85 residents to evacuate under a level three warning. A Red Cross shelter was set up at Quincy High School. Meanwhile, Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources overnight at the request of Fire Chief Don Fortier, Grant County Fire District 3. The cause of the fire is under investigation..

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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.