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Kahlotus fire 60 percent contained; evacuation orders lifted

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Update: August 23, 4:15 p.m.: Fire crews battling the Kahlotus Fire in Franklin County say the fire has burned nearly 6,000 as of Tuesday afternoon.

The fire has burned an estimated 5,900 acres and is 60 percent contained at last report. No injuries have been reported and no homes have been burned, however three outbuilding were destroyed in the fire. 

Evacuation orders for this fire were lifted Tuesday, however the city of Kahlotus continues to be without power, landline and cell coverage. Franklin County PUD and Big Bend Power are working on restoring utilities. With numerous power poles and lines destroyed by the fire, the current estimate is that utilities will be restored by Friday or Saturday.

State Highway 261 and 263 are open. Wadsworth Road remains closed.

About 200 firefighters continue to fight the fire Tuesday.

Previous coverage: 

State fire assistance has been mobilized under the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan in support of local firefighters working to contain the Kahlotus Fire located in Franklin County, in the town of Kahlotus. Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources on Monday, August 22nd, at 2:15 a.m. at the request of Chief Eric Mauseth with Franklin County Fire District 1.

The fires started on Sunday, August 21st, and the cause is currently under investigation. The Kahlotus Fire is estimated to have burned 22,000 acres and growing. The fire is threatening homes, crops and infrastructure, but no homes have been lost yet and Level 3 evacuations are in place.

Mobilization specialists from the Fire Protection Bureau have ordered Wildland Strike Teams.

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