Devil’s Elbow wildfire expands to 20,000 acres near Keller

Devil’s Elbow wildfire expands to 20,000 acres near Keller

Devil’s Elbow wildfire expands to 20,000 acres near Keller

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on August 13, 2014 at 4:15 PM

KELLER, Wash.—High winds Tuesday night fanned flames and caused the Devil’s Elbow wildfire to grow. By Wednesday, the Department of Natural Resources estimated the fire had charred through 20,748 acres near Keller.

Fire crews said Monday crews were working day and night to finish containment lines along hte west and east perimeters of the fire.

More than 800 firefighters were called to the scene during the week to battle back flames.

Crews from the Department of Natural Resources said on Monday that about 150 homes and 90 other buildings are threatened. One abandoned building and two out-buildings have been destroyed.

The wildfire was sparked by lightning on the Colville Indian Reservation. The Devil’s Elbow Complex wildfire is made up of three fires. A fourth fire burned nearby, approximately 20 miles north of Nespelem.

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