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Grass Valley fire grows to nearly 75,000 acres, evacuations downgraded

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Wash. - UPDATE (8/14): The fire is now 40 percent contained, and has burned a total of 74,835 acres. All evacuation notices have been downgraded to level 1. This just means people in the area need to be aware of the situation and be ready for things to possibly change. 

UPDATE: The fire is now burning an estimated 74,835 acres.

5 structures have burned as well as a boat on a trailer near a house. One house has been damaged, but not completely burned.

No residents or firefighters have been injured.

More air attack crews are responding with helicopters. Highway 74 should be reopened by this afternoon or evening.

Evacuations are expected to drop to Level 1 by tonight.

ORIGINAL STORY: Since starting just after 11:00 a.m. Saturday, the Grass Valley Fire has now exploded to 45,000 acres and forced level three evacuations near the Grand Coulee Dam.

Mandatory, or Level 3, evacuations are in place for anyone in the town of Coulee Dam on the west side of the Columbia River. Police went door-to-door telling people to leave throughout the day Saturday. 

About 150 homes are at risk. 

The Red Cross has set up a shelter for anyone who needs help or housing, at Wilbur High School, located at 202 Pope Street. A previous shelter at Lake Roosevelt High School was closed because of the fire. 



Washington's Fire Marshal authorized sending resources from around the state to help local crews fight the Grass Valley Fire around 2:00 p.m. Saturday. A Southeast Washington Interagency Incident Management Team took over control of the fire around 7:00 a.m. Sunday.

According to a tweet by WSP Trooper Brian Moore, a firefighter suffered burns on the fire near Mansfield. He's being taken to Harborview for treatment.



Both SR17 and SR155 are open. SR174 is closed from milepost 0 at Leahy Jct. to milepost 20.3 due to a fire. No estimated time of reopening.



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