NEAR CRESTON, Wash -- The Apache Pass fire burning near Creston grew rapidly early Tuesday to more than 18,000 acres.
A KREM 2 News crew went close to one affected hillside, but the fire was moving so fast crews had to push them back.
Neighbors helped each other move horses away from property near the 10 to 20 foot flames.
Crews said some homeowners were under a Level 3 evacuation order meaning it was mandatory. Others were on a level 2 evacuation notice meaning they must be prepared to leave at any time, but are not being ordered to evacuate. Those affected are people living north of Coffee Pot Rd., and west of Highline. Another affected area is south of Swanson School Rd., and west of 7 Springs Dairy Rd.
The fire destroyed one out building. At last check, the fire was only 15% contained. The cause is unknown.