Fire along SR 174 blocks highway
Last updated 6/25/2021 at 7:30pm
A fire broke out along SR 174 on the hill in the canyon between Grand Coulee and Wilbur about 4:30 p.m.
The road was closed and traffic continued to back up until at least 6 p.m. while firefighters fought the blaze. A large helicopter equipped with an attached bladder and a hose for loading it repeatedly dropped loads of water on the fire, high on the steep, rocky hillside.
Another aircraft, a fixed-wing plane reportedly joined the fight about 7 p.m.
At one point a Level 1 Evacuation notice had been issued but was later canceled.