The Grant County Sheriff’s Office issued the “GO NOW” notice for all residents living west of Road U-SE and south of Highway 170 in Warden, Wash., before 9 p.m. PT as the fire threatened an ammonia tank inside the Washington Potato Company.
“This Level 3 notice means you should leave the area now. Do not delay,” the sheriff’s department said in the alert. “Law enforcement officers will go door-to-door to notify persons in the Level 3 area.”
The sheriff’s department said emergency responders might not be able to help those who decide to stay.
The door-to-door evacuation warnings had been completed by 11 p.m. PT a KREM-TV reporter in Spokane reported. “Fire will continue to burn w/the hope the tank won’t explode. Grant. Co. PIO says fire was reported to have started in a dehydration unit at the Washington Potato Co. Building expected to be ‘total loss,'” he tweeted.
No injuries were immediately reported.
Warden is about 100 miles southwest of Spokane.