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Grant County, Washington – 5000-Acre Brush Fire Caused by Motorcycle Crash

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Posted on July 16, 2019

Grant County, Washington (July 14, 2019) – A brush fire which has affected 5,000 acres of land was started by a motorcycle crash in the Saddle Mountains on Sunday. Details on the crash have not yet been reported, but so far there have been no reported injuries. While some evacuation notices have been given out, no structures have been burned as of Monday.

The fire, which is being called “Powerline Fire,” was started by a motorcycle crash which ignited the grass and spread in the Saddle mountains around 12:40 p.m. Sunday. The fire has threatened crops, a feedlot and infrastructure, but as of Tuesday the fire has been contained 65% with no reports of significant damage. There have been no changes to evacuation notices.

About Fire

Washington counts as the 5th state most prone to wildfire from 2017 wildfire risk analysis, and ranks 8th in a 2018 study by number of fires that happened. The US Fire Administration has recorded 15 home fire fatalities this year within Washington, showing the destruction fire is capable of doing. Even within city areas, one must be wary of fires that can happen near residential areas.

While this particular incident was caused by a crash, brush fires have a number of other possible causes. If your home is near an area with risk of brush fire, there are few safety reminders to keep in mind. Homeowners are urged to complete their spring cleaning, and to create a defensible space around the home by clearing trees and brush. Additionally, the limbs of trees should be cut to at least 15 feet off the ground. Any object that send out fires should be handled with absolute care. Common objects such as lit matches and cigarette butts can also easily cause a fire within dry brush. Should fire be used in an outdoor space, one must assess the surroundings to make sure fire would not have a possibility to spread out. While the fire is burning, it is imperative that it must be attended to and ensure that the blaze does not go out of control. Finally, before leaving an area where fire was used, one must ensure that any fires must be extinguished completely. Preventing brush fires from happening is everyone’s responsibility, and careful use of fire can ensure the safety of not only one’s self, but hundreds of others.