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ALMIRA, Wash. – A fast moving brush fire destroyed a shop, damaged a home and burned more than three miles of land in Lincoln and Grant counties on Monday morning.

Authorities said winds of approximately 20 miles an hour spread the fire in the morning.  Afternoon rain helped slow the spread of fire that burned 3,000 acres, according to Almira Fire Chief Dennis Pinar, Jr.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but several fire fighters said lightning Monday morning or Sunday night is probably to blame.

The fire destroyed a garage-shop and damaged one home on Schlimmer Road south of Almira.  It was not immediately known if the homeowner was home at the time of the fire.

Kiner Road was closed south of Almira while fire fighters stationed to fight the flames.

An airplane was seen circling the fire but a KHQ news crew did not see it drop any water or fire retardant on Monday afternoon.

KHQ Local News Reporter Anthony Gomes contributed to this report.

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KHQ.COM - State fire assistance has been mobilized under the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan in support of local firefighters working to contain the Road 29 Fire, on the border of Lincoln & Grant Counties, approximately 5 miles north of Marlin, WA. Washington State Patrol Deputy Chief David Karnitz authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources on July 25, 2011 at 1:15 p.m. at the request of Lincoln County Fire District #3.

The fire started at approximately 12:00 pm on July 25, 2011; the cause of the fire is currently under investigation. The wind-driven fire has grown to an estimated 1200 acres. There are approximately 4 residences threatened by the fire. No evacuations are in place at this time.

Mobilization specialists from the Fire Protection Bureau have ordered five strike teams of brush engines and water tenders, a Type 3 Incident Management Team, and a Bureau of Land Management Aerial Supervision airplane to supplement the resources already fighting the fire.

The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at Camp Murray has been activated to Phase II, to coordinate state assistance for the Road 29 Fire. Personnel from the Office of the State Fire Marshal will be on scene to coordinate dispatch of resources, and other personnel will staff the State EOC.

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