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Hardesty Valley Fire burning near Elk prompts Level 2 evacuations

According to Washington DNR Ryan Rodruck, a brush fire near US Highway 2 in Elk, WA.

ELK, Wash. — The Hardesty Valley Fire burning near Elk, Washington east of Highway 2 and East Valley Lane has prompted Level 2 evacuations, according to Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Communications Manager Ryan Rodruck.

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office lowered Level 3 to Level 2, or "get ready," evacuations for North Hardesty Road to Bruce Road, S. Elk highway Road to East Valley Lane and Valley Road. 

One fire fighter was injured in this fire a travel trailer was lost and a structure was also damaged. Elk to Highway Road is closed between North Hardesty Road and Collins Road. 

The 30-acre fire is burning in heavy timber and is 30% contained. This fire has been named the Hardesty Valley Fire. Rodruck said fire crews, multiple ground and air resources are headed to help put out the fire. Right now four planes and one helicopter are on the scene.

State fire assistance has also been mobilized to assist local crews on the scene. This is one of two fires that sprung up in Spokane County on Sunday. The DNR assisted with ground and air resources. 


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