Wildfire forces evacuation of about 100 near Warden - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Wildfire forces evacuation of about 100 near Warden

WARDEN, Wash. - About 100 people have been evacuated from 55 homes threatened by a wildfire near Warden, south of Moses Lake in Grant County.

The State Patrol says the fire started Sunday evening as a result of a car overturning and rapidly spread.      

A spokeswoman in the patrol's fire marshal office, Esther Hernandez, says the fire has burned about 4,300 acres - nearly seven square miles - of mostly sagebrush. She told KOMO Radio in Seattle that lines have been completed around 70 percent of the fire. 

Firefighters have been called in from around the state to relieve Grant Count firefighters who battled flames all night.

The equipment called to the scene includes a helicopter, 25 engines and six water tenders.       

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