GPS mapping: 775 acres burned by Tonasket wildfire

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 23 at 4:24 AM

TONASKET, Wash.—A wildfire near east of Tonasket began growing Monday afternoon in Okanogan County. 

The Bugg Road wildfire charred 775 acres in mid-July. Fire crews initially estimated the fire had grown to 1,000 acres, but authorities were able to more accurately map it using GPS Tuesday night. One home was destroyed and others were threatened as of Monday afternoon. Crews said the fire was 90% trailed.

By 6:15 p.m., authorities issued a level 3 evacuation near Siwash Road and N. Oberg. Dispatchers said at least seven helicopters were called to the scene to fight the fire. The evacuation order was dropped within 15 minutes.

The fire burned less than a mile from Ann Coleman's home. She said the fires across the state have been closing in on her family all week.

"And I got my 90-year-old mother there that can't get back to the coast because of all the other fires," said Coleman.

The Department of Natural Resources originally reported the fire around 3:30 p.m. in the Siwash Creek area.

Fire crews said ground attacks were hindered because most firefighters were already at the Carlton Complex fire.

Monday night, crews were just starting to get mobilized to fight the fire. They created a bulldoze line to impede its growth.

No word yet on containment.

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