Spartan Fire near Wenatchee threatens 80 homes, structures, burns 4,500 acres of grassland

Heavy grasses and brush that grew during the wet spring have led to a “fine fuel” that can spread fires.

A wind-whipped grass fire burning southeast of Wenatchee is threatening about 80 structures and homes.

Residents are under a level-two evacuation, which means they should be prepared to leave their homes at any moment.

About 160 firefighters are working to quell the Spartan Fire, which has swelled to about 4,500 acres, said Holly Krake, the information officer for the fire’s incident-management team. Two helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft are also available, she said.

Krake said hand and bulldozer crews worked overnight to cut fire lines but will only be able to engage the fire in some positions, when and where it’s safe.

“Conditions will continue to be hot, dry and breezy” Tuesday, Krake said. “It remains weather- and fuel-dependent. This is a wind-driven grass fire. When it reaches our containment lines, if those are able to hold, it will run out of grass to burn. It’s really about putting in those…

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