Wildfire on Colville Reservation grows to19,698 acres

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by SHAWN CHITNIS, WHITNEY WARD, & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on August 11, 2014 at 3:59 PM

SAN POIL VALLEY, Wash.—The Devil's Elbow fire burning north of Keller, Washington has grown to 19,698 acres as of Monday afternoon just north of 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 600 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.

Evacuations as of Monday at 5:00 a.m.:

Level 3

  • Highway 21 from Capoose Creek/Meadow to the Bear Creek Campground.

Level 2

  • Bridge Creek Road from Highway 21 to the Keno Mine Campground.
  • Highway 21 from Capoose Creek to Cache Creek Road.
  • Highway 21 from the Bear Creek Campground to Anderson Creek.

Level 1

  • Highway  21 from Anderson Creek Roadnorth to the Twentyone Mile Road junction.

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