The blaze, dubbed the Whitehall Road fire, started about 11:30 a.m. Saturday about 8 miles southwest of Coulee City.
COULEE CITY, Grant County — A large fire that broke out near here over the weekend prompted the mobilization of state firefighting resources to help get a handle on the large blaze.
The fire, dubbed the Whitehall Road fire, started about 11:30 a.m. on Saturday about 8 miles southwest of Coulee City. The blaze was driven by strong winds, and firefighters from both Grant and Douglas counties responded.
“This fire is in easternmost Douglas County and closer to many Grant County fire agencies,” the Grant County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “That’s why there are so many Grant County resources on the scene. Grant County fire agencies are assisting Douglas County by providing fire resources.”
About 10 homes were threatened by the fire, but they were all protected by firefighters at the scene. Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste approved the mobilization of state firefighting resources Saturday afternoon after a request by Douglas County Fire District 8 Chief Don Rushton.
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Mobilization specialists from the Fire Protection Bureau ordered five task forces, two bulldozers and one hand team to combat the blaze. The State Operations Center at Camp Murray was activated to coordinate state assistance.
“No structures or injuries have been reported, and crews reported minimal fire activity overnight,” state Trooper Jeff Sevigney said on Sunday.
Firefighters were extinguishing hot spots and reinforcing containment lines, he said. Fire managers were monitoring weather conditions near the fire, and winds were expected to increase as a cold front pushed through.
On Sunday about 160 personnel were reported at the scene of the fire, which was estimated to be about 3,500 acres in size and 50 percent contained.