Powerline Fire near Mattawa burns 7,800 acres, is 50 percent contained
GRANT COUNTY, Wash. — The Powerline Fire near Mattawa has burned 7,800 acres and was 80 percent contained as of Tuesday evening.
As of Tuesday morning, Level 2 evacuation orders were put in place for people living in the area of the 23000 block of Road O-SW to the 23000 block of Road R-SW.
The Level 2 evacuation notice includes:
23000 block Road 0-SW
23000 block Road P-SW
23000 block Road Q-SW
23000 block Road R-SW
Evacuation orders were downgraded to level 2 from level 3 on Sunday. As of Tuesday morning, anyone living in that area may stay in their homes, but must be ready to go at a moment’s notice.
The sheriff’s office said there are 15 homes or businesses affected by the evacuation notices and about 15 more affected by level 1 evacuation notices. No structures have been damaged or lost.
Ten power poles were destroyed by the fire, which has impacted irrigation, cell service and dispatcher radio repeater services for a period of time. Those services were restored.
The wildfire started on the Saddle Mountains northwest of Mattawa. It began as a 100-acre fire and quickly grew to nearly 8,000 acres.
Wind is driving the fire through brush and grass land. Washington’s Fire Marshall has authorized state resources and an incident management team to help local crews.
— Grant County Sheriff (@GrantCoSheriff) July 15, 2019
Anyone who needs a place to stay during the fire can go to Wahluke High School, where an emergency shelter has been set up.
Local and federal crews are currently working with three aircraft to help contain the fire.
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