There are 2 wildfires burning within five (5) miles of each other and in different counties and they are in 2 different counties. So, you can clearly see how confusing this is but we are on it!
Firefighters from across Grant, Okanogan and Douglas counties are on the scene.
Grand Coulee Fire
A wildfire is burning on the west side of the Columbia River near Coulee Dam and Grand Coulee. Start 9/11/2016. Unknown size, containment status or resources known at this time.
Elmer City Fire
A 2nd wildfire is burning on the west side of the Columbia River near Coulee Dam and Grand Coulee. Started 9/11/2016. Both fires are approximately 5 miles from each other.
SR 155 is closed NB at Grand Coulee and SB at Elmer City. SR 174 is closed at SR 155 (Grand Coulee).
Grant County Sheriff states,
“People in Elmer City areas need to remain aware of the fire conditions and stand by for any evacuation requests.
Grand Coulee/Crown Point/Coulee Dam remain aware of fire conditions. Please leave if fire threatens.”
The Fire Department escalated the fire as a 3rd alarm.
Currently in Ephrata, which is not far from these burning fires – wind is said to be at 24, gusting to 31 m.p.h.
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