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Grant County Sheriff's Office
Saturday September 8th, 2018 :: 02:05 p.m. PDT


#WahlukeSlopeFire::Level 1 evacuation notices::Area of the Grant-Adams county line WEST of Othello along SR 26

#WahlukeSlopeFire :: Level 1 evacuation notices are issued right now for residents inside the area indicated in yellow on the attached map. This is roughly the area of the Grant-Adams county line west of Othello along State Route 26. People in the area need to be aware of the fire and that conditions today may change the course of the fire. See additional information below.

The #WahlukeSlopeFire started last night near State Route 24 Mile Post 59 and continues to burn today. It is burning to the north over the top of the Saddle Mountains. Unified Command between Grant County fire districts, Adams County Fire District 5, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are managing the fire. Fire units from across Grant County are either on scene or enroute. The fire is in an area very difficult to access and firefighting aircraft will be working on the fire. Citizens with drones should stay away from the fire as your presence is dangerous for firefighting aircraft.

Updates will be published when needed at and on Twitter @GrantCoSheriff.

Level 1 Evacuation Information:

Level 1 evacuations are an alert. There is no immediate danger to your home, family, or business, but the fire (or other danger) may be moving toward you. Now is the time to get ready. Refine your evacuation plans, and gather the things you’ll need if you must evacuate. Residents with special needs, or those with pets or livestock, should take note and make preparations for relocating family members, pets, and livestock. Follow, Twitter @GrantCoSheriff and local media for updates.

To prepare, you should:

Assemble the following emergency supplies:

• Clothing for your family for several days
• Bedding, pillows, and towels
• Prescription medicines & spare eyeglasses
• Soap and toiletries
• Baby food and diapers
• Your address book or list of important telephone numbers
• Your checkbook, credit cards, and cash
• Your driver’s license and identification cards
• A portable radio and flashlight.

You should also:

• Gather suitcases, boxes, or bags to hold your emergency supplies.
• Be prepared to secure your home or office and your property before you depart.
• Ensure your car is in good shape and you have adequate fuel.
• Decide where you will go if you have to evacuate. Make arrangements with relatives or friends or consider making hotel or motel reservations.

Potential evacuation routes from the area(s) at risk include:

If you know of any neighbors or co-workers with hearing or language problems or special needs, please advise them of this message. And, if you have neighbors or coworkers who do not have transportation, offer to assist them if you can.

We want to emphasize that this is a PRECAUTIONARY message about possible evacuation.


Now is the time to get ready. Refine your evacuation plans, and gather the things you’ll need if you must evacuate.

Grant County Sheriff's Office
35 C St NW
Ephrata, WA 98823

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 509-754-2011

Kyle Foreman
Public Information Officer

Alert Details

Moderate - Possible threat to life or property
Expected - Responsive action SHOULD be taken soon (within next hour)
Observed - Determined to have occurred or to be ongoing
Fire suppression and rescue

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