Shelter-in-place advisory extended following Wilbur Ellis fertilizer plant fire

There was no evacuation in place. However, officials in Grant County have issued health advice to those in the wake of the fires.

MOSES LAKE, Wash – The Grant County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) has extended shelter-in-place advice due to air quality. The poor quality was the result of the Wilbur Ellis fertilizer plant fire near Lake Moses.

Fire crews were on standby all night to watch for hot spots that were still burning at the scene of the fire. Firefighters responded to the plant around 4pm on Sunday and found it completely engulfed in flames.

No one was evacuated, but the Grant County Health District (GCHD) has issued Health Advice for people living in the upwind (Northeast) from the fire.

The GCHD warns that smoke from fires can contain dangerous chemicals that can irritate the eyes, nose, throat, respiratory tract and lungs. Those most at risk include infants, children, the elderly, and people with respiratory conditions, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or other lung diseases. People at risk should stay at home.

Grant County Fire District 5 says fighting the fire requires extra care. The fire brigade restricts water use, so the fertilizer won’t contaminate the underground ecosystem.

Crews are also working to make sure the fire doesn’t jump to the standing elevator. If it catches fire and falls, it could collapse nearby power lines.

Fire officials said no one was inside the plant at the time of the fire.

Fire police are expected to be at the scene on Monday as the investigation into the fire continues.

Grant County Health Advice

On-site shelter advice extended due to air quality.

According to the National Weather Service, there will be rain and strong winds from the southwest today.

The fire at the Wilbur Ellis site (section 14900 of Route 1.3-Southeast, about 3 miles southeast of Lake Moses) continued to smolder.

Following consultations with Grant County Fire District #5 and Grant County Health Services, the Sheriff’s Emergency Management Department is maintaining shelter-in-place advice for existing homes. fire field a mile east-northeast. This advice remains in effect until further notice. This is due to air quality problems caused by smoldering debris.

Shelter-in-place means going inside, closing doors and windows, and turning off any outside air intakes.

Grant County Health’s advice issued yesterday also remains in effect. The Health District recommends that anyone with respiratory problems who live far from the facility limit their outside activities as a precaution.

30 seconds B-roll of the Wilbur Ellis fire near Lake Moses.

Sent by Grant County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday, October 23, 2022

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Edmund DeMarche

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