231 Fire near Springdale 70 percent contained

STEVENS COUNTY, Wash. -- Fire crews continue to monitor the 231 fire that has spread to 970 acres, just seven miles south of Springdale.

Officials said Thursday the fire was 70 percent contained.

On Tuesday, crews said they have a line constructed around the fire and will continue to strengthen and hold that line.

Officials said fire crews from across the state that were on the incident as part of the State Mobilization Act will return to their home units, or be reassigned after Tuesday's shift.

Crews said additional engines are arriving Tuesday, and will continue to support initial attack in the area.

Shortly before Noon on Saturday, Stevens County announced a ban on all open burning in unincorporated areas of the county.

Officials said the fire was started by fireworks. Crews said the brush fire began Friday afternoon around 2:35 p.m.

Widespread evacuations were in place Saturday. The Red Cross set up an emergency shelter in Springdale to help those affected by the Rail Canyon fire.

Evacuation levels remain at level one for the 231 fire. The Red Cross set up an emergency shelter in Springdale to help those affected by the blaze. The shelter was set up at Mary Walker High School at 500 N. 4th St. in Springdale.

The Washington Department of Natural Resources issued a closure for the Lake Spokane Campground and boat launch. Officials said Highway 231 has reopened. The campground remains closed. Riverside State park has closed the Painted Rock Trailhead, DNR officials said.

Some homes have received a level one evacuation, which means residents are asked to be aware there is a fire in the area.

Authorities said one firefighter was taken to a Spokane hospital for a heat related illness.


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