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Fire flares in Trinidad, fades in McNeil Canyon

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TRINIDAD — Firefighters from Grant, Douglas and Chelan counties appeared to have the upper hand this morning on an 800-acre wildfire near Baird Springs Road and Highway 28.

The fire was reported around 2:30 a.m., just minutes after another fire, off Mansfield Road, south of Highway 28 was reported, Don Fortier, chief of Grant County Fire District 3 in Quincy, said this morning.

Douglas County Fire District 2 crews quickly knocked down the approximately 2-acre fire off Mansfield Road and then headed over to help with the Baird Springs fire, which kept crews busy all morning and resulted in a brief closure of Highway 28 around 6 a.m.

By 9:30 a.m., Fortier said, the fire appeared to be almost out. He said he’d had no confirmation of structures burned by the fire.

About 30 firefighters were monitoring the fire by mid-morning, he said. Crews hadn’t yet confirmed how the fires started, he said.

Meanwhile, fire lines held overnight at the Rock Hill Fire, near McNeil Canyon and Mansfield, spokesman Ron Fryer said this morning. The fire has burned about 2,200 acres and is at least 70 percent contained.

Some 30 to 40 homes remain under low and medium-level evacuation advisories, Fryer said. Evacuation levels won’t be lifted until at least this evening, when fire managers know how winds expected today will affect their efforts.

One firefighter was transported to an area hospital, where he was treated for a “heat-related illness” and released, Fry said.

Full containment is expected by early Friday, Fryer said. Some crews there have been sent to help with the Mills Canyon Fire near Entiat.

Here’s a look at other fires reported in the region since July 4:

Reported at 3:31 a.m. today, a campfire that was not properly extinguished caught grass and brush on fire on State Hall Road near Plain, said Mick Lamar, chief of Fire District 9 at Lake Wenatchee. Firefighters limited the fire to about a 150-by 50-foot area. State Hall Road leads to a county sand pile and is near the former Old Mill Cafe.

Silver Creek II Fire: This human-caused blaze reported on July 4 has blackened about 350 acres of timber and grass on the Colville Reservation. The fire is 2.5 miles southeast of Keller. It’s now 75 percent contained. At its peak 226 firefighters from the reservation’s Mt. Tolman Fire Control were working the fire. Staffing is now down to 122. How the fire started has not been released, according to fire spokeswoman Kathy Moses.

Fires reported since July 4 at Banks Lake, Grand Coulee and just east of Chief Joseph Dam are considered out and are no longer being staffed, officials say.

World reporter Dee Riggs contributed to this report.

Reach Christine Pratt at 509-665-1173 or . Follow her on Twitter at @CPrattWW.

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