Bureau of Land Management
1103 N. Fancher Road
Spokane, WA 99212
Soap Lake Fire
June 12, 2018 8:00 PM
Grant County – The Soap Lake Fire started yesterday at 4:30 PM along State Route 17 four miles north of Soap Lake. Grant County Fire District 7 responded and quickly requested mutual aid from surrounding communities as the fire grew rapidly with the strong winds that were present at the time. Firefighters from numerous state, federal and local agencies battled the fire through the night and into the early morning hours. Their efforts saved numerous homes and outbuildings that were threatened. Level 2 & 3 evacuation orders were issued for approximately 50 residents in the area.
Today at 12:45 AM, Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized state fire mobilization at the request of Fire Chief Kirk Sheppard, Grant County Fire District 7. State mobilization resources from around the state arrived early this morning and relieved the local firefighters. Crews continued to work to strengthen containment lines in moderate terrain. The fire burned approximately 2000 acres of grass, sage and brush and is 50% contained. There was one small outbuilding that was lost overnight and no injuries were reported. Fire crews will continue to patrol the fire line overnight to watch for hot spots.
The Northeast Washington Interagency Incident Management Team 2 has assumed command of the fire and has established a command post and fire camp in Soap Lake. Level 2 evacuation orders remain in place for effected residents. There are no current road closures at this time.
For current evacuation orders and incident updates please go facebook.com/GrantCoSheriff.