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Soap Lake Fire nears containment

— Fire crews were back on the line this morning strengthening containment lines on the 2,000-plus-acre the Soap Lake Fire.

Officials said night shift crews reported smoke and hot spots inside the fire perimeter overnight.

Crews are spending today cooling down the hotspots and addressing areas of concern, officials said. They are also using GPS systems to accurately map the fire perimeter.

Mayor Raymond Gravelle said the blaze was about 80 percent contained this morning.

The activities follow yesterday’s lifting of evacuation notices.

The fire began at 4:30 p.m. June 11 about four miles north of the city, on the east side of state Highway 17.

Grant County Fire District No. 7 crews responded and quickly requested mutual aid as strong winds fanned the fire.

About 50 residences were in Level II and Level III evacuation areas, officials said.

State resources were activated to assist at 12:45 a.m. June 12 at the request of Fire Chief Kirk Sheppard.

Their efforts saved numerous homes and outbuildings that were threatened. Level 2 & 3 evacuation orders were issued for approximately 50 residents in the area.

Only one small outbuilding has been destroyed.


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