6,000 acres charred in Bell Plain Complex Fire

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by KREM.com & Shawn Chitnis

KREM.com

Posted on August 29, 2011 at 2:20 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 29 at 8:02 PM

GARFIELD COUNTY, Wash.— Fire crews from across the state were called out early Monday to help fight a wildfire burning in Garfield County.

Garfield County Fire District #1 requested help around midnight from across the state for the Bell Plain Complex Fire.  At least one strike unit from Stevens County responded to the fire.

Crews said 10 lightening strikes each sparked individual fires starting Sunday around 6 P.M. as storms moved through the Palouse.  Crews have already put out seven of those fires and say three fires are remaining.

Crews estimated the fire has charred 6,000 acres so far.  Some homeowners were initially evacuated but later allowed to return home. 

Officials say one house near the fire had its roof spark.  But it was quickly put out and that house was saved.  Currently the fire does not pose an immediate threat to structures.

Mobilization specialists from the Fire Protection Bureau have ordered 35 wildland engines, six water tenders, and two 20-person hand crews to supplement the resources already fighting the fire.

Fire crews are expected to stay in the area battling the fire until Thursday.

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