Grant County, Wa. – Washington has its first major wildfire of the season. About 50 farms and ranches in Central Washington have been ordered to evacuate. A 300 acre wildfire grew to 35-hundred acres overnight. Kyle Forman with the Grant County Sheriff’s office says the fire is burning dry grass and sage and is being whipped by 20 miles per hour winds.
Forman says “there’s very little to stop it right now. It was difficult for firefighters to even get the upper hand they were able to get overnight because it was overnight, it was in the dark and it makes it much more difficult to see the ground and you don’t want to be a firefighter driving a fire engine and have it drive off a cliff just because you you’re driving around in the dark.”
He says ” Central Washington is always prone to wildfires.” He says its just part of living in that area and its a risk they’ve come to accept. He says wildfires can start as early as May and the season runs through September.