• Wildfire burned 600 acres near the Gorge in Grant County


    GRANT COUNTY, Wash. - A Level 3 evacuation order was in place for an area near Old Vantage Highway and Frenchman Coulee -- close to Quincy, Washington -- where a large wildfire was burning.

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    It was controlled Sunday night before 9 p.m., officials said. The blaze burned across 600 acres of mainly sage and grass.

    By Monday at 11 a.m., the fire was out. Grant County Sheriff's Office spokesman Kyle Foreman said the fire has been ruled accidental.

    Foreman said boaters told authorities they came ashore Sunday afternoon to start a fire in a fire ring to barbecue, but the wind picked up and the fire got out of hand.

    [See photos of the wildfire here.]

    The fire was in "difficult terrain" about 3 miles south of the Gorge Amphitheatre, Grant County officials said. 

    The wildfire was called the #SunlandFire.

    The Gorge is hosting the Sasquatch music festival through Monday. The fire burned away from the Gorge, not toward it.

    Photo from Twitter user Lesan Marshall. From the Gorge.
    Photo from Twitter user Lesan Marshall. From the Gorge.
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    Some Sasquatch music performances were canceled Sunday because of high winds.

    Grant County Sheriff’s Office officials tweeted out an advisory, writing: “Leave now.”

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