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Crews Contain Weekend Fires In Eastern Washington

COULEE CITY, Wash. (AP) - Fire crews have fully contained a wildfire that damaged several Bonneville Power Administration transmission poles west of Coulee City.

Fire spokesman Scott Crawford says crews spent Sunday reinforcing lines and had the blaze fully contained early Sunday evening.

The fire was originally estimated at about 2,500 acres, but Crawford says a more thorough review showed the fire only burned about 600 acres.

Near Ellensburg, fire crews contained a 300-acre fire despite stiff winds on Saturday. The fire burned in grass and sagebrush 10 miles southwest of Ellensburg.

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UPDATED PRESS RELEASE: State fire assistance has been mobilized under the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan in support of local firefighters working to contain the Highway 17 Fire west of Coulee City, in Douglas County. 

Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources on August 12, 2011 at 7:15 P.M. at the request of Douglas County Fire District #8.

The fire started at 4:04 P.M. on August 12, 2011; the fire cause is under investigation. There are approximately six residences threatened by the fire with voluntary evacuations at this time.

Mobilization specialists from the Fire Protection Bureau have ordered resources to supplement the resources already fighting the fire. There are 70 personnel on scene with an additional 100 ordered and enroute, including one 20-person hand crew. Twenty Wildland Engines and five Water Tenders have also been ordered.

The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at Camp Murray continues to be activated to Phase II, to coordinate state assistance for the Highway 17 Fire. Personnel from the Office of the State Fire Marshal are on scene providing resource coordination and administrative oversight, with other personnel staffing the State EOC.

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COULEE CITY, Wash. - The 2500 acre wildfire burning near Coulee City, Wash., is now 50 percent contained.

Grant and Douglas County firefighters were dispatched around 4:00 p.m. Friday to the area of State Route 2 and State Route 17, about three miles west of Coulee City. The fire has burned in sagebrush and grass. No homes or structures have been lost and none are currently threatened.

Several Bonneville Power Administration transmission poles have been damaged. There are no power outages reported, and no one has been injured.

Road Closure: SR 2 and SR 17 is closed in the area of the fire. Contact WSP Wenatchee for traffic info.

State Fire Mobilization was approved for this fire and resources from across the state are traveling to the fire. The State Emergency Operations Center at Camp Murray is activated to support firefighting efforts.

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