BEVERLY, Wash. (AP) — A fast-moving wildfire in central Washington state has grown to 7.8 square miles, prompting the Grant County Sheriffs Office to order residents of the town of Smyrna to evacuate.
Video: Wildfire forces evacuations in Grant County, over 3,000 acres burned
Level 3 evacuations for large wildfire in Grant County
The sheriffs office issued a mandatory evacuation notice to residents in the community of Smyrna on Tuesday morning.
Smoke from 243 Fire in Grant County visible on satellite
The sheriffs office also told residents of the communities of Beverly, Schawana and Wanapum Village to be ready to move at a moments notice.
Kyle Foreman, a spokesman for the sheriffs office, said several outbuildings had been lost but no homes have been burned and there have been no reports of injuries. The fire is burning mixed grass and sage and is threatening homes, crops and infrastructure. Foreman said deputies were going door to door telling people in the evacuation zone to leave their homes and assisting with the removal of livestock.
Officials say no homes have been consumed by the fire. But some areas have experienced power outages.
Video: 3000-acre wildfire in Grant County prompts Level 1 and 2 evacuations