Fire blows up in Moses Coulee



— Firefighters are on the scene of a 2,500-acre blaze burning between Road A Northeast and the edge of Moses Coulee in Douglas County.

The fire started around 6 p.m. Wednesday and has burned range land and approximately 150 acres of wheat, Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal said.

“The fire burned a swath about a mile wide and five miles long, running east and west between Road A Northeast and the edge of Moses Coulee,” he said. “Firefighters from Douglas County, Chelan County and the Bureau of Land Management have been working the blaze.”

A helicopter is providing air support.

Local crews may be released soon and incident command will be turned over the BLM.

Deputies delivered three Level 1 evacuation notices to farmhouses in the area, he said.

“Several of the firefighters I talked to had been working through the night and said the blaze was most active prior to 3 a.m., when it finally became less aggressive,” Gjesdal said.

Other than the wheat, no property damage or injuries have been reported. The fire’s cause is under investigation.



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