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Baird Springs Fire Update

QUINCY, Wash. The Baird Springs Fire near Quincy continues to burn. However, cooler night temperatures have slowed the fire's advance. No evacuations have been requested, and no valued property such as homes have been lost. The fire is still estimated at 6000 acres, but a more accurate size will be determined tomorrow. There have been no injuries.

Firefighting resources from across Washington have arrived in Quincy and will begin relieving local firefighters who have been fighting this fire since around 12:30 p.m. today.

The Northwest Washington Incident Management Team, led by Incident Commander Tod Gates, will assume command of this incident beginning at 6:00 a.m. Saturday morning Sept. 11.

Previous Coverage:

QUINCY, Wash. - The Grant County Board of Commissioners signed a Declaration of Local Emergency at 7:17 p.m. Friday evening. A Declaration of Local Emergency authorizes County departments and agencies to enter into contracts and incur obligations necessary to combat the emergency to protect the health and safety of persons and property and to provide emergency assistance to the victims of the emergency and to exercise these powers in the light of the exigencies of an extreme emergency situation without regard to time-consuming procedures and formalities prescribed by law (excepting mandatory constitutional requirements).

Earlier Friday, homeowners were asked to prepare to evacuate Martin Road NW from County Rd T-NW to County Road Q-NW, north-northwest of Quincy.

The Baird Springs Fire burning northwest of Quincy has grown to 6000 acres with only minimal containment. State resources are beginning to arrive. It is anticipated additional state resources will continue to arrive throughout this evening and through the night.

Four DNR helicopters plus 40 apparatus from Chelan, Douglas and Grant counties are fighting the blaze. This would mean about 80-90 firefighters are now engaged in the effort.

Officials continue to ask citizens to be aware of the fire's location and movement, and to leave the area immediately if they feel they are in danger or if they are asked by emergency personnel.

Baird Springs Rd and County Rd T-NW continue to be closed. Martin Road County Rd T to Road Q.

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