Baird Springs Fire Now Estimated At 2,400 Acres, SR 28 Reopened
UPDATE 12:00 MIDNIGHT
The Fire is now estimated to cover approximately 2400 acres (most in Grant County). The public is advised to continue avoiding the area while crews work.
SR .28 was reopened by midnight after being closed at 5PM at the Trinidad rest area westbound and near Crescent Bar Road eastbound.
Level 3 Evacuations are in place for Crescent Bar and the general Crescent Bar and Trinidad areas. A Red Cross shelter was opened to house evacuees at Quincy Middle School at around 7:30 p.m.
All Level 3 Evacuation Notices will remain in effect overnight. Incident Command will reassess conditions Tuesday morning.
Grant County PUD scheduled an intentional shutdown of power for the area impacted by the Baird Springs Fire, including Crescent Bar and Trinidad. The outage was scheduled from 12midnight to 6AM Tuesday in order for the PUD to replace a damaged pole.
In Douglas County, Level 3 Evacuations (Go Now) included the areas of Stuhlmiller Rd, Freese Rd, Coles Rd and Rose Rd.
Level 2 Evacuations (Get Set) were in place for Mansfield Rd, Elk View Dr, Basalt Dr, Basalt View Dr, Desert Rose Pl and Columbia View Rd.
Grant County – State fire assistance has been mobilized under the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan in support of local firefighters working to contain the Baird Springs Fire
Chief Anthony Leibelt, Grant County Fire District 3 requested State Mobilization Monday afternoon.
The Baird Springs Fire started on July 10, 2023, at approximately 2:28 p.m. This fire is estimated at 900 acres and growing. It is burning sage brush and crops, and is threatening homes, orchards, and a processing warehouse. Levels 1 and 3 evacuations are in effect at this time. The fire cause is currently under investigation.
The State Emergency Operations Center at Camp Murray remains activated at Level 2 to help coordinate state assistance for the Baird Springs Fire. Mobilization specialists from the Fire Protection Bureau have ordered 3 strike teams, and the fire will be managed by a Type 4 Incident Management Team. State Fire Marshal’s Office personnel are both en route to the scene and working remotely to coordinate the dispatch of resources.
ORIGINAL POST 6PM
A three alarm wind-driven brush fire has prompted LEVEL 3 evacuation orders and a closure of Highway 28 near Crescent Bar, WA on Monday afternoon.
An acreage estimate was not available as of 5pm according to Kyle Foreman, Public Information Officer with the Grant County Sheriff's Office due to the rolling terrain in the area. Some reports put it at a couple of hundred acre when fire crews first arrived on scene around two hours earlier, according to Foreman.
As of 5pm Monday evening the following evacuation orders were in place;
Level 3 evacuation notice has been issued for Rd 12 NW and RD W NW (Trinidad/Cescent Bar area)
Level 3 evacuation notice for Road 11.2 NW and Road U NW near Trinidad/Crescent Bar