Grant County firefighters contain major wildfire east of Soap Lake

SOAP LAKE, Wash. — Firefighters from across Grant County converged on a stretch of natural land east of Soap Lake on Thursday night to contain a brush fire that illuminated the sky across the region and pushed plumes of smoke into the air.

According to a social media notice from the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, fire crews and law enforcement rushed to the 21000-block of Road A NE, where nearby homes and residents were informed of a massive blaze nearby.

Arriving shortly after 8:43 p.m., firefighters from Grant County Fire District 7 surrounded the 10-acre blaze. Fire Chief Sheppard deemed the fire large enough that it warranted mutual aid, leading Grant County Fire District 13 and Ephrata firefighters to respond within minutes. In total, 20 personnel helped with the fire containment efforts.

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No evacuations were issued since firefighters were able to contain the spread to just 10 acres and prevent flames from advancing to the residences. Soap Lake police officers also arrived, helping to manage community members and roads during the response.

GCFD No. 7 remained on the scene further into the evening to monitor and control hot spots. They were relieved of their duty at 1:58 a.m., officials say.

No injuries were reported by community members or first responders at the scene of the fire. Another brush fire nearby at WA-17 on Seventh Ave was also contained around the same time.

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