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Small fire scorches land near Soap Lake

by JOEL MARTIN
Staff Writer | May 14, 2024 7:21 PM

SOAP LAKE — A small fire broke out Monday near Soap Lake but was quickly extinguished, according to a statement from Grant County Fire District 7, which serves the Soap Lake and Coulee City area.

Firefighters were dispatched to a reported structure fire in the area of Road 19 and Road B Northwest, according to the fire district.

Upon arrival, firefighters found an area about 20 feet by 30 feet burning. Shortly after brush trucks arrived, the fire spotted about 120 feet across the canal and started a second fire about 10 feet by 15 feet, which was quickly extinguished. The larger fire was contained and mopped up shortly after with help from GCFD 7.

The cause of the fire was determined to be a blowing ember from a three-day-old burn pile that the landowner believed was out, GCFD 7 wrote.The fire destroyed orchard boxes and orchard construction materials. The fire burned approximately 1/4 acre.