Badger Mountain fire nearly contained - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Badger Mountain fire nearly contained

(Photos by Amy Holmes) (Photos by Amy Holmes)

EAST WENATCHEE, Wash. - Fire bosses on Thursday morning said the Badger Mountain Fire near East Wenatchee flared up overnight.  But they also said it hasn't burned as much land as they thought it had.

At last word on Wednesday the fire was 60 percent contained.  Fire crews hope to have the 1,900-acre fire fully contained sometime on Thursday.

The fire broke out around 5 p.m. Tuesday, reportedly from a downed power line.  It rapidly spread through grass and timber, and Douglas County commissioners declared a state of emergency because of the fire's proximity to the 911 towers.  The towers also provide communications for police and fire personnel in the area.

Three homes were threatened for a time.  Firefighters burned the grass around one of the houses to save it from the wildfire.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story)
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