FEMA approves federal funds to fight Buckshot Fire in Grant County
GRANT COUNTY, Wash. - Federal funding has been authorized to help fight a now 1,000-acre fire scorching near the town of Desert Aire.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved the state's request for assistance at 9:58 p.m. Thursday.
According to a news release, six other large fires were burning in the state when the Buckshot Fire started Thursday. Flames were threatening 1,050 homes in and around the community of Desert Aire at the time federal assistance was requested.
The chief of the Washington State Patrol authorized a State Fire Mobilization request in response.
Approximately 200 people evacuated their homes during a Level 3 evacuation. Firefighters said evacuations have since been downgraded to Level 1.
The fire also threatened major transmission lines, the Priest Rapids Dam, communication towers, wildlife and recreational areas.
Incident Management Team officials announced the campground south of Desert Aire is set to reopen Friday at 1 p.m. They reported the fire is at 50 percent containment as of 6 p.m. Friday.
The cause of this fire remains under investigation.