VANTAGE, Wash. – UPDATE 5 – 1340 hours PDT
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.
EVACUATIONS –> Town of Vantage
Level 3 evacuations have dropped to Level 2 and Police are allowing residents to return to their homes but are warning them to be alert and aware, in case conditions change and have to leave again.
INCIDENT –> Traffic Alerts
As of noon on Tuesday, July 10th, I-90 at Vantage and the Vantage Highway is are now open in both directions in Vantage. State Patrol has cleared the fire and the incident is now under the direction of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.
WSDOT states there are no restrictions to roadways.
CLOSURES –> State Park areas
Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park – until further notice. Washington State Parks is assessing damage to the area.
Wanapum Recreation campground/area is also a secondary site that is being assessed for damage. It too, is closed until further notice.
EVACUATIONS –> Red Cross Shelter
Evacuation Shelter is located at the George Community Hall in George, Washington. We are unsure if this Shelter is still open or has been closed due to the reduction in the evacuation levels.
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