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Update: Grant County wildfire near I-90 now out

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PHOTO of the fire near George, WA from KHQ viewer Craig Spadle PHOTO of the fire near George, WA from KHQ viewer Craig Spadle
GEORGE, Wash. -

UPDATE 2:00 p.m. Wednesday:  The Grant County Sheriff's Office says the wildfire that shut down a portion of I-90 from George to Vantage is now out. The Sheriff's Office says the Incident Management Team and all state resources are heading home and the incident has been turned back over to Grant County Fire District #3. 

Previous Coverage: 

Update 10:00 a.m. Tuesday: Washington Sate Patrol Trooper Wright says they plan to open I-90 back up at 10 a.m. Rolling slowdowns will be happening through the area which means a pilot car will be leading cars through the area that could potentially be compromised again by the fire. WSP also says that if conditions change, the road could close again. They also want to remind everyone to use caution!

Update 7:30 a.m. Tuesday: GEORGE, Wash. (AP) - Authorities say a 17-mile stretch of Interstate 90 in Grant County remains closed in both directions because of blowing dust and smoke from a brush fire is making it unsafe for drivers.
    
A spokesman with the Grant County sheriff's office said Tuesday morning that the fire has burned up to 900 acres and did not grow rapidly overnight. Kyle Foreman says hundreds of firefighters are on scene. No new evacuation notices have been issued. About 50 homes were briefly evacuated Monday.
    
A trailer full of hay burned on the road next to I-90. No injuries have been reported.
    
It's not clear how long the lanes would be closed.
    
The brush fire started Sunday night and reignited Monday afternoon, closing the interstate between Vantage and near the town of George, Washington.

Update 10:00 p.m. Monday: Interstate 90 remains closed as of Monday night with no estimated time of reopening. High winds and blowing dust make visibility low and unsafe for drivers. An alternative route has been set up at SR-26 and Adams Road.

Update 5:55 p.m. Monday: State fire assistance has been mobilized under the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan in support of local firefighters working to contain the Interstate 90 Fire seven miles southwest of George in Grant County.

The fire started Sunday afternoon at around 2:15 p.m. and the cause is under investigation. At last check the fire has grown to an estimated 900 acres, threatening Interstate 90 and 50 homes. No homes or out buildings have been lost at this time.

Four strike teams, two helicopters and a Type 3 Incident Management Team have been called in to help fight the fire.

Update 3:50 p.m. Monday: The Grant County Sheriff's Office reports all level 3 evacuations put in place for a wildfire burning near Vantage have been lowered to level 1, meaning people in the area should be alert and aware of the fire and ready to evacuate if conditions change. The level 3 evacuations issued earlier Monday have been cancelled.

Update:  The Grant County Sheriff's Office reports the fire burning near Vantage is burning an estimated 700 to 800 acres in sage and grass. The fire is wind driven. There are currently 200 firefighters on the scene battling the blaze. So far, 50 homes in the area have been evacuated.

Previous coverage:

The Washington State Patrol has closed I-90 near George, Washington for a wildfire. 

Trooper Wright says I-90 eastbound is closed at Vantage and westbound is closed at George while crews work to fight the fire. 

Level 3 evacuations have been issued for the following areas near Silica Road, southwest of George:

ROAD S SW and ROAD U SW
ROAD T.5 SW
ROAD 5.5 SW 

This is a developing story and we will update you as soon as we know more. 

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