Wildfire near Gorge Amphitheater prompts evacuations

The fire is burning east of the Columbia River

A wildfire burned east of the Columbia River near the Gorge Amphitheater. (Courtesy of KIRO)

GEORGE, Wash. (AP) – Grant County officials are asking everyone to leave the area of a wildfire burning just east of the Columbia River near the Gorge Amphitheater.

A wildfire is burning east of the Columbia River near the Gorge Amphitheater. (Courtesy of KIRO)
A wildfire is burning east of the Columbia River near the Gorge Amphitheater. (Courtesy of KIRO)

There are few homes in the area of the fire near Old Vantage Highway and Frenchman Coulee, but the region is home to many camping and recreational spots.

The Grant County sheriff said 10 homes are at risk and have been evacuated.

The concert venue known as the Gorge Amphitheater in George, Washington, is hosting its annual Memorial Day weekend event, the Sasquatch Music Festival.

The fire started near the Columbia River and has been travelling west, driven by wind. Wind was blowing the fire away from the Gorge Amphitheater. The sheriff expressed that the Gorge is not at risk.

 

KOIN 6 News contributed to this report.

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