Wildfire Update: 4 p.m. Wednesday Aug. 3

Here’s an update on fires burning in North Central Washington today:

A small fire was reported at 11:20 a.m. today off Chumstick Highway near Cascade High School. But due to its close proximity to the Chelan County Fire District #3 station, crews were able to quickly start dousing it and kept it to about 10 feet by 10 feet.

A fast-moving fire near Moses Lake that started yesterday afternoon has been brought under control with some homes and outbuildings lost. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said the 4,000 acre fire is still burning but not making a run as it did earlier in the day with high winds about seven miles north of Moses Lake. Officials say it’s about 20 percent contained and at least one home was lost. Shelters were set up for people and livestock from about two dozen evacuated residences. All evacuation orders have been lifted but residents are encouraged to remain vigilant. Road 10 remains closed from State Route 17 to Stratford Road. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. There have been no injuries reported.

The Antilon Lake Fire north of Manson is now over 90 percent contained and oversight was turned over to local firefighters yesterday evening. Level 1 evacuation notices of 15 homes were lifted yesterday as well. Forest Service roads closed due to firefighting operations reopened today. Those in the area are advised the fire may continue to put out smoke for the next few days. Those hot spots are in steep, remote areas well within the fire’s interior that are prohibitive to send firefighters into. The Type 4 incident command with a crew of some 30 firefighters will continue to monitor the fire. After more accurate mapping, size of the fire has been reduced to 315 acres of Forest Service and DNR protected property. The fire was started by an equipment failure around 8 p.m. Friday, July 29. That investigation is ongoing.

Fire crews were making headway on a blaze that started Saturday night on the U.S. Army’s Yakima Training Center. Officials said the blaze burning north of Sunnyside is now about 60 percent contained. It has scorched about 275 square miles of brush and grassland.

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