Fire near Omak WA grows, now 15 percent contained

Fire near Omak WA grows, now 15 percent contained

Strong winds fueled a fire on the Colville Indian Reservation near Omak that has burned almost 5,000 acres.

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by Associated Press

KREM.com

Posted on October 5, 2012 at 5:25 AM

   OMAK, Wash. (AP) -- A wildfire burning on the Colville Indian Reservation in north-central Washington has burned across more than 15 square miles and threatens more than 50 homes while a new fire on the west side of the state threatens 100 structures.


   Fire spokesman Mark Grassel says the fire east of Omak had burned across more than 9,600 acres by late Thursday and was 15 percent contained.


   More than 460 firefighters are on scene.


   He says 54 residences are considered threatened, as well as dozens of outbuildings.


   The fire that started Tuesday has burned two homes and has led to the closure for the week of an Indian boarding school on the reservation.


   The new wildfire west of the Cascades started Thursday afternoon and quickly grew to 150 acres. About a dozen homes are included in the 100 structures considered threatened in that blaze northeast of Shelton.

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