Evacuations ordered for wildfire on Colville Reservation

  • Tue Aug 5th, 2014 10:21pm
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Associated Press

LEAVENWORTH — Officials fighting a new wildfire complex on a Colville Indian Reservation have issued an urgent evacuation notice for about 20 homes.

The Devil’s Elbow Complex of three wildfires was detected Sunday. Officials say it was likely ignited by weekend lightning. It has burned across about 2,000 acres.

Fire spokeswoman Kathy Moses says six families have evacuated to a community center in Keller. A stretch of S.R. 21 in the area has been closed.

Elsewhere, hot, dry weather on Tuesday has allowed two fires in central Washington to grow.

The state Emergency Operations Center says wildfires have scorched an estimated 485 square miles in the state, and they have burned an estimated 334 homes.