Windstorm fallout: Accident closes SR 24; Grant Co. reports crashes; Cheney fires under control
EASTERN WASHINGTON — Windstorms throughout Eastern Washington are causing trouble including reports of numerous car accidents, fires, poor visibility and road closures throughout the region. Please note the Washington State Patrol officials recommend that you activate all the lights on your car for maximum visibility while traveling in the storms.
UPDATE at 3:55 p.m.: Fire officials confirmed that crews have put out the fires in Cheney that caused level 1 evacuation warnings, but not without significant damage. They estimate that 20-25 acres of land were damaged by the fires. Crews are monitoring the area as winds pick up heading into the evening.
UPDATE at 3:20 p.m.: According to Hanford officials, SR 24 is closed in both directions from the Yakima Barricade to 241/Silver Dollar. Low visibility and blowing dust caused a multiple-vehicle accident involving a semi-truck. KAPP-KVEW is awaiting further information from local authorities.
2:40 p.m.: Spokane County Emergency Management issued a level 1 fire evacuation in the Cheney area. A level 1 warning insinuates that people in the area should be prepared to leave their homes in the event that fire spreads to the region.
The alert comes from three reported fires near Ritchey Road and Leaning Tree Lane; just south of Washington State Route 904.
Meanwhile, the Grant County Sherrif’s Office is alerting commuters to avoid Wheeler Rd, just east of Road L-NE. Officials say that poor visibility has caused numerous car accidents in the area. This stretch of land is just miles east of Moses Lake.
The National Weather Service is advising that drivers use caution along I-90 near the Warden Exchange due to blowing dust and traffic conditions between Moses Lake and Ritzville. Authorities warn that visibility may become an issue for drivers in the area.
Washington State Patrol Trooper John Bryant confirms that the WSP is investigating a 2-car crash in the region.
This is a developing news story. Updates and/or a follow-up article will be issued when more information becomes available.
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