Washington Wildfire | Ryegrass Coulee Fire | 4

VANTAGE, Wash. – UPDATE 4 – 1040 hours PDT

Photo Credit | WSP PIO Trooper Brian Moore

INCIDENT SUMMARY –> Date / Time Started

A wildfire named the RYEGRASS COULEE FIRE for its location in Ryegrass Coulee in Vantage, Washington started last night on Monday, July 9, 2018 with first resources dispatched at 2302 hours.

INCIDENT –> Current Fire Status 

Current size is 1,000 acres of grass and brush burning.  Fire is still at a 0% containment status.

One small structure has been reportedly lost.

The fire has burned a 4.5 mile stretch north and south of I-90, and is 0% contained. On I-90, more than 400 guard rail posts have burned due to the fire.

Fire mobe resources have been pouring into the area.  A Type 3 IMT will be assuming command of the incident today.

All Vantage residents have been evacuated safely.  We have reached out to DNR to see if those at the nearby campground site have also been evacuated.  We are waiting to hear back from them.

Evacuation Shelter is located at the George Community Hall in George, Washington.

This is why I-90 at Ryegrass on I-90 is still closed.  There is still no ETA as to when it will be reopened.  There are detours around this.  Law Enforcement and FIRE officials are asking drivers to AVOID THIS AREA.

Photo Credit | Kittitas County Sheriff Office

Drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes, including US97 over Blewett Pass through Wenatchee and US12 over White Pass.

Photo Credit | WA DNR

They are asking folks to stay away due to safety and visibility concerns.

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