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Grant County, Washington – Wildfire Affecting Thousands of Acres, Threatens Homes

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Posted on June 5, 2019

Grant County, Washington (June 3, 2019) – A massive wildfire has jumped to cover 5,000 acres on Highway 243 in Grant County. No injuries or destroyed homes have been reported, though several outbuildings have been damaged or destroyed by the fire. The fire is currently burning in an area that is not densely populated, however several evacuation warnings have been given to residents of various locations.

The fire started shortly after 9 p.m. on Monday. The cause is under investigation, but conditions such as strong winds and dry fuel made the fire worse.

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. As in this case where the fire is covering a large distance, we ask people to remain safe and be ready to flee if necessary.

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. 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.

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