Officals warn 80 homeowners of evacuation as Chelan fire grows to 7 square miles

State and local officials say people in 80 homes south of Wenatchee have been told to get ready to leave because of a growing grass fire.

The Spartan Fire is located near Colockum Road southeast of Wenatchee.

At about 8:30 p.m. the Washington Department of Natural Resources estimated the Spartan Fire at about 500 acres. Shortly before 10 p.m., it was suddenly estimated at 4,397 acres.

Chelan County Emergency Management officials said on Twitter that people in those homes were being issued notices to get set to leave, meaning people should be ready to leave at a moment’s notice.

Officials say firefighters and air crews were working to hold the fire to the west of Alcoa Highway and north of Colockum Road. Officials say people living to the east in Quincy could see moderate smoke from the blaze.

The cause of the fire was unknown.