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Evacuations lifted for Lower Crab Creek fire in Grant County

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Photo: Grant County Fire District 13/Traci McCoy Photo: Grant County Fire District 13/Traci McCoy
GRANT COUNTY, Wash. -

Update: 10:30 a.m. Sunday: The Grant County Sheriff's Office reports all evacuation orders issued because of the Lower Crab Creek fire near Mattawa have been lifted as of Sunday morning.

Deputies report firefighters were successful overnight in keeping fires away from homes. Updated acreage of the fire due to better mapping is now 5,924 acres.Overnight state mobilized firefighters began constructing a a primary containment line, but containment percentage has not been estimated yet. Mop up operations will continue today.

A Red Cross Shelter was set up Saturday evening, but that shelter is now closed.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Update 1 p.m. Saturday: The Grant County Sheriff's Office reports the Lower Crab Creek fire burning about about 6 miles from Mattawa, Washington is about 10,000 acres in size according to estimates Saturday afternoon.

The fire started 8 p.m. Friday near the town of Beverly and grew over night. The cause is not yet known.

State, local and federal resources are on the scene of the fire Saturday. State fire resource mobilization has been requested and approved. Crews are still in the initial attack stages of fighting the fire, so the sheriff's office says containment numbers are not known yet.

The fire is burning in sage and grass in steep terrain along the north side of the Saddle Mountains. No structures have burned and no injuries have been reported.

More resources are expected to arrive throughout the day to fight the fire.

Previous coverage: 

The Grant County Sheriff's Office has issued Level 3 evacuations for the Smyrna community near Mattawa because of a brush fire burning in the area. Level 3 evacuations mean people in the area should leave immediately.

At last report, the Lower Crab Creek fire had burned about 1,000 acres Saturday morning, and about a five homes have been evacuated. Lower Crab Creek Road has been closed east to Beverly and motorists are asked to avoid the road to let emergency vehicles through.

Several fire districts from across Grant County are responding to the fire to try to get it under control, including Grant County Fire District 13 and Grant County Fire District 10. Firefighters with Fire District 13 report state mobilization has also been requested for the fire.

No injuries have been reported.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation  

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