UPDATE: DOUGLAS COUNTY, Wash. – Officials say the evacuations for the Hayes Road fire have been lowered to a level one and State Route 17 is open again. The fire is 90 percent contained.
Officials said the fire is 2,306 acres and crews have contained it and are working into the burned areas.
Fire officials said the brush fire has spread across 500 acres and continues to grow. The evacuation was issued for Road K Northeast south from Highway 17 towards Road 19 Northeast. Level three evacuations mean all people in the area should leave immediately.
Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal said 12 homes needed to be evacuated. Officials said the American Red Cross will set up shelter for evacuees at 6:30 p.m. at Bridgeport High School. Red Cross officials said evacuating residents should bring any prescription medication, extra clothing, pillows, blankets, important documents and other comfort items.
The fire reportedly started around 2:50 p.m. and the cause is under investigation.
The fire is currently burning on both sides of Highway 17, 11 miles south of Bridgeport. Gjesdal said there are multiple agencies responding to the fire, including fire districts from Chelan County. Officials urge the public to avoid the area until further notice.
The portion of the fire burning on the north side of Highway 17 has mostly been contained and is being monitored closely by fire personnel said Douglas Co. officials. The fire has split with one leg moving south towards Highway 1772 at Road 18 Northeast, the other leg is moving east.
SR 17 now has one lane open for piloted traffic nine miles east of Bridgeport at milepost 124.5 to milepost 126 due to fire activity.
Fire crews noted wind as the biggest factor.
This is a developing story and will be updated as new information becomes available.