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UPDATE: Soap Lake Fire at 90% containment

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SOAP LAKE, Wash. -

Update: June 13, 2018 - 9:00 p.m.

Firefighters completed line construction and were successful today keeping the fire within its established perimeter.  Strong gusty winds tested the fire lines this afternoon and despite the challenging conditions the fire line held up well.  Crews continued to be demobilized throughout the day and the rest are scheduled leave tomorrow.  The fire has burned 2,063 and is now 90% contained with no new growth.

Update: June 13, 2018 - 8:00 am

The Grant County Sheriff's Office has cancelled all evacuation notices for the Soap Lake Fire. 

At last update, the fire was still estimated to be approximately 2000 acres and 50 percent contained.

UPDATE: June 12, 2018, 3:30 pm

Officials battling a large wildfire burning north of Soap Lake say that there are no longer Level 3 evacuation orders in place for any homes nearby.

In a tweet Tuesday afternoon the Grant County Sheriff's Office said that all homes which were under Level 3 evacuation notice Monday night are now under Level 2 evacuation notice, meaning residents should be prepared to leave at a moment's notice.

Those homes which were under level 2 evacuation notice Monday night are now under Level 1 evacuation notice, meaning those residents should be aware of a fire burning in the area. 

UPDATE: June 12, 2018 - 7:40 am

Authorities say a wildfire burning grass and brush in Central Washington is threatening several dozen homes and other infrastructure.
  
Grant County Sheriff's spokesman Kyle Foreman said Tuesday morning that residents in about 15 to 20 homes were told to leave immediately, while the same number have been told to be set to leave.
  
He says the wildfire has burned about 3 square miles in a sparsely populated area north of the city of Soap Lake. It is not threatening the town.
  
Foreman says about 50 percent of the so-called Soap Lake fire was contained as of Tuesday morning.
  
The Washington State Patrol has sent state firefighting resources to the support the efforts.
  
The fire started Monday. The cause is under investigation.

UPDATE: June 12, 2018- 5:48 am

The Grant County Sheriff's office says the Soap Lake Fire is now an estimated 2,000 acres and 50 percent contained. 

"The 'percent contained' indicates how much of the fire's perimeter is surrounded by a barrier," the Sheriff's Office tweeted Tuesday morning. "But that doesn't mean the fire won't spread beyond the containment line. Right now lines are holding good."

State resources are on their way to the fire to help local agencies. 

"Just so everyone knows, state mobilized firefighters come equipped with plenty of drinking water, food, clothing, etc," the Sheriff's Office added. "They won't need any donated materials, but would be grateful if you said 'thanks'. They appreciate it!"

Update: June 12, 2018 - 5:25 am

Officials in Grant County say there have been no reports of injuries or lost/damaged structures overnight in what is now being called the Soap Lake Fire.

"Firefighters were challenged overnight when the fire quickly grew simultaneously on both the north and south ends," the Sheriff's Office said in an update Tuesday morning. "Even stretched thin they saved many homes and buildings."

The fire is estimated to be about 1400 acres in size. State mobilization of fire resources was approved overnight. 

So far, a cause is still unknown.

Previous coverage: 

Update: The Grant County Sheriff's Office says a fire burning on the east side of State Route 17 is between 100 and 1,000 acres in size. Level 3 evacuations are in place for all homes on the east side of the road. Level 2 evacuations, meaning be ready to leave at a moment's notice, are in effect for the west side of the highway.

Crews continue to fight the fire and will be on scene throughout the night. 

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

Previous coverage:

A level 3 evacuation order is in place for all homes on the east side of State Route 17 North, from mile post 91 south to city of Soap Lake. Level 3 evacuations mean residents in the area should leave immediately. 

The wind-driven fire was first reported around 5:25 p.m. Grant County Fire District 13 said the large fire started on State Route 17 near mile post 81 and was pushing east toward Rd 26 and Rd A NE. An all county page for resources was requested.

The Grant County Sheriff's Office says the city of Soap Lake is not at risk. Only homes on the east side of SR 17 N, in the rural areas northeast of town. There's no estimation of how many homes are under evacuation orders at this time.

As of Monday evening, it's not known how large the fire is. There is no estimated containment. 

Crews remain on scene working to bring the fire under control. Additional details weren't immediately available. 

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