The two wildfires that started earlier this month in eastern Washington are said to have resulted in the burning of more than 350 homes. The bodies of the two males who were recovered in both fires have been identified.
According to a press release on Friday from the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office, Carl Grub, 86, passed away on August 18 near an intersection in Medical Lake, west of Spokane, in the vicinity of the Grey fire, which began that day. Grub’s cause of death and exact manner of passing are yet unknown.
According to KREM-TV, Grub built The Jensen Memorial Youth Ranch with his brother, where he taught young people with an interest in agriculture how to take care of and grow animals. The Junior Livestock Show of Spokane earlier this year included a Grub section.
The Junior Livestock Show of Spokane said on its Facebook page, “The world needs more Carls. His absence will be deeply felt.
Alex Brown passed away on August 20 in Elk, Washington, which is located north of Spokane, and was affected by the Oregon fire. Brown, 49, died as a result of heat exhaustion and inhalation injuries; his death was deemed an accident.
On August 18, there were dangerous fire weather conditions, and flames started. The Grey fire started west of Medical Lake, prompting orders to evacuate, and it later expanded to the area along Interstate 90, closing it for more than two days.
According to Lily Mayea of Northwest Team 7 on the Grey fire, about 240 residences and 86 other types of structures were destroyed in the blaze.
As of Tuesday, the conflagration that was started by humans has burnt an area of 15.75 square miles (40.79 square kilometers). Although none were required as of Tuesday, some people still have evacuation plans in place.
As of Tuesday, the Oregon fire, which started east of Elk and has consumed 16.9 square miles (43.77 square kilometers) of land, was 79% contained. All warnings to evacuate in connection with the Oregon fire were canceled as of 4 p.m. on Tuesday, according to Bill Queen, the team’s public relations representative.
According to him, the fire destroyed 258 outbuildings in addition to 126 principal dwellings.
As a result of the two fires and additional flames burning around the state, Gov. Jay Inslee issued a statewide disaster declaration on August 19.