Evacuations lifted for Coulee Meadows Fire, now fully contained

DOUGLAS CO., Wash. — Coulee Meadows Road has now been re-opened and evacuations have been lifted for the Coulee Meadows Fire in Ephrata, which has been mopped up by fire crews.

As of Saturday morning, the fire had burned approximately 794 acres of sage and grass, and was fully contained.

Level 1 evacuations were inititally issued for the fire, which started just before 8 p.m. Thursday, and was threatening homes, crops and the Palisades.

State fire assistance was mobilized and three strike teams, hand crews and heavy equipment were ordered to the area. There are currently 91 personnel fighting the flames.

Crews will continue mop up operations on Saturday.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.