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Grant County wildfire sparks early fire season concerns

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GRANT COUNTY, Wash. -

Firefighters in Grant County were taking a much deserved break Tuesday afternoon, after battling the Soap Lake fire throughout the night. Because of their efforts, no structures were damaged and no one was hurt. But the flames left behind plenty of charred sage brush and grass.

Crews from all over the state of Washington are expected to be in the Soap Lake area of Grant County for the next couple of days. 

"It's pretty miraculous that no structures were lost, no injuries. That's the good news here," said Trooper Jeff Sevigney with Washington State Patrol. 

The bad news: Wildfire season is two weeks early. And conditions in Soap Lake -- and much of the state -- are ripe for another dangerous year.

"Even though it's early in the summer, fuels are dry already," Sevigney said. "It doesn't take much wind when fire does ignite to make a bad day even worse."

Firefighters were challenged overnight when the fire quickly grew to 2,000 acres. Even stretched thin, they managed to save dozens of homes, including one one that was surrounded by flames. They also kept the blaze from entering a horse enclosure with horses inside.

"There's a lot of potential for things to go wrong, and it didn't. It went really well last night."

Crews continue to strengthen the fire line Tuesday.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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