Grant County fire under control - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Grant County fire under control

MOSES LAKE - Fish and Game says that it has set up a full perimeter around the 3,000 acre fire burning south-southwest of Moses Lake.  The fire is under control as of Tuesday morning.  Fish and Game officials say they are concerned about afternoon winds that could push the fire beyond the fire perimeter.  

No structures have been lost, but Fish and Game says important wildlife habitat was destroyed.

Firefighters will stay on the scene of the wildfire near the O'Sullivan Dam in south central Grant County, south of State Route 262 and north of the Adams County border. This location is approximately 15 miles south-southwest of Moses Lake.

The Incident Commander reports the fire grew from 300 acres to an estimated 3,000 acres between 5:00 pm and 8:30 pm Sunday evening. Firefighters from several Grant and Adams county fire agencies, as well as firefighters from the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge, continue to battle the blaze, which is burning in an uninhabited wildlife recreation area. A bulldozer has been working to establish a line to contain the fire. Firefighters have been having success and anticipate having the fire under control overnight, and begin mopping up tomorrow.

An incident management team comprised of members from US Fish & Wildlife Service and Grant County fire agencies are in command of this fire.

No evacuations have been ordered, no structures have been damaged or destroyed, and no homes or other structures are threatened.

The fire was caused accidentally by a person in the recreation area firing tracer rounds from a rifle. One of the tracer rounds ignited weeds and brush. The person attempted to extinguish the fire, but the wind caused the fire to quickly spread, and the person called 9-1-1 for help around 12:55 p.m. Sunday.  

Road closures remain in effect for the following locations:

         Grant County Road H SE, between State Route 262 & McManamon Road (Adams County)

        Morgan Lake Road between State Route 262 and McManamon Road

Motorists are cautioned to be watchful for fire apparatus operating in the area of the fire.

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