Fire near Quincy close to full containment

Firefighters are close to reaching full containment on a large wildfire burning northwest of Quincy.

Fire officials say the Baird Springs fire is about 90 percent contained and has burned nearly 8,000 acres about 5 miles north-northwest of the town.

The fire grew so quickly on Friday that Grant County commissioners declared a local state of emergency in order to speed up firefighting efforts.

Firefighters from all over the region joined the nearly 90 firefighters who were working to contain the fire late Friday night and Saturday.

Close to 250 firefighters were patrolling the fire lines Saturday night into Sunday morning. Fire officials say crews are focused on structure protection if the winds should shift, but were mainly fighting hot spots in steep terrain Sunday morning.

A number of roads that were previously closed due to firefighting operations have been reopened to local traffic only.

According to a representative from the Northwest Incident Management Team, the fire had not burned any structures as of Sunday morning. The only injury to occur so far happened when a firefighter injured his thumb, officials say.

Fire officials expect to begin demobilization of some fire resources late Sunday evening. They expect to turn over command of the fire to local fire districts early Monday morning.