UPDATE 5:30 a.m. Spokane County Fire District 4 reported the evacuation orders for the Laurel fire have been lifted. The fire is 100 percent contained and holding at 60 acres.
Reports said crews would stay in the area to watch for hot spots and monitor the area.
There is still smoke filling the area.
Officials said Highway 2 had been reopened Tuesday night.
SPOKANE, Wash. - Multiple brush fires combined into a 57-acre fire along Highway 2 north of Spokane on Tuesday afternoon.
The Riverside area, about seven miles north of Spokane, saw Newport Highway close for the afternoon due to the flames. Southbound traffic was diverted onto Westmoreland Road.
About 50 homes were evacuated near Laurel and Pend Oreille Road as the structures were threatened by the fire. The Red Cross set up a shelter at Riverside Elementary for evacuees.
By 7 p.m. crews said the fire had been contained. and they were "mopping up" the scene. A flat bed trailer burned but no homes were destroyed.
Megan Hill, a spokesperson for the district, said they did have some evacuations near Laurel and Pend Oreille Road, though she was not sure how many homes were evacuated. She said structures were threatened but they had crews out there working to make sure they did not catch fire.
The American Red Cross said they will open a wildfire evacuation shelter for evacuees of the Laurel Fire at Riverside Elementary School at 8:30 p.m. The school's address is 3802 E Deer Park Milan Road in Chattaroy, Wa. 99003.
Fire Boss on scene pic.twitter.com/YhoudVVjxS— Spokane Co FireDist4 (@SpokaneCoFire4) July 25, 2017
Firefighters confirm a flat bed trailer went up in flames here. The only structure to burn so far. Crews relying on air support for help pic.twitter.com/C1q2wBHrQc— Ryan Simms (@KREMRyan) July 26, 2017
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