Updated, 11 a.m. Wednesday: ROYAL CITY — The 243 Command Fire, formally the Highway 243 Fire, has grown to roughly 15,000 acres.
The fire burning between the Wanapum Dam and Smyrna is about 25 percent contained, according to a news release from the Southeast Washington Type 3 Interagency Team.
Officials say the fire is difficult to fight due to the number of natural and commercial properties and areas threatened.
Four aircrafts and 380 fire personnel are assigned to the fire. Two firefighters sustained minor injuries.
The town of Smyrna is under a Level 3 Evacuation — get out now — and Beverly Burke Road and Lower Crab Creek Road are closed, the release said.
The Grant County Sheriff’s Office reported an undetermined number of outbuildings have been destroyed.
Combined with favorable weather, a larger than normal night crew showed progress on the eastern flank of the fire, the release said.
ROYAL CITY — The Highway 243 Fire has grown to more than 5,000 acres and destroyed or damaged multiple outbuildings, officials say.
There have been no reports of injuries or damaged homes as of early Tuesday afternoon, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.
About 25 homes in Smyrna Canyon along Lower Crab Creek Road five miles south of Royal City were under Level 3 Evacuations — get out now — Tuesday afternoon.
Shelter is available at the Royal City Intermediate School.
The fire was burning in sage brush and grass. Winds were expected to reach 20 mph Tuesday night.
A Washington State Type 3 Incident Management Team assumed command of the fire Tuesday. Firefighting aircraft were drawing water from the Columbia River north of Wanapum Dam.
Residents were asked to stay clear of the area.
The fire was reported at 8:53 p.m. Monday in the area of Wanapum Village south of Vantage. The cause is under investigation.