WILD FIRES ARE BURNING ACROSS THE STATE OF WASHINGTON.
THREATENING HOMES, FORCING EVACUATIONS AND TAXING
TWO OF THE BIGGGEST.
ARE IN CHELAN COUNTY NEAR ENTIAT.
AND IN STEVENS COUNTY.
SOUTH OF FORD, WHERE A FIRE THIS AFTERNOON EXPLODED
TO MORE THAN 600- ACRES IN JUST A MATTER OF HOURS.
KXLY 4'S ALLIE NORTON HAS BEEN NEAR FORD ALL EVENING.
SHE JOINS US NOW LIVE WITH THE LATEST.
ALLIE, ANY IDEA HOW THIS FIRE STARTED?
STEVENS COUNTY FIRE OFFICIALS SAY THAT IT MAY HAVE
BEEN A HOMEOWNER BURNING GARBAGE BUT THEY'LL CONTINUE
THE FIRE IS NOW 650 ACRES AND IS THREATENING 60 HOMES.
12 UNDER MADATORY EVACUATION...
EVEN THOUGH SUSIE CLARK WAS TOLD TO EVACUATE.
SHE SAYS SHE NOT LEAVING.
Right now we are setting up a fire break from the
trees to the house so if it comes to us it misses.
If it gets in the field it will burn around us.
HER PIECE OF PROPERTY IS ON THE EAST SIDE OF HIGHWAY
RIGHT IN THE PATH OF THE LAKE SPOKANE FIRE.
SHE SAYS THEY HAVE LIVESTOCK THEY CAN'T MOVE SO THE
FAMILY IS STICKING IT OUT.
His brother has property down there and he's moved
as many vehicles out as he can I'm going to hook up
my horse trailer and load my two babies that I got
MORE THAN 100 FIREFIGHTERS ARE ATTACKING FROM THE
LAND AND AIR.
OFFICIALS SAY IT'S MOVING FAST.
GROWING FROM 25 ACRES TO 200 IN JUST THE FIRST HOUR
DUE TO WIND.
It's burning in a lot of forest, timer land and some
small trees and large trees.
GUY GIFFORD WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES
SAYS THEY'LL CONTINUE TO FIGHT THE FIRE THROUGH THE
WITH NO END TO IT IN SIGHT.
We do have additional resources coming here tomorrow
and additional resources coming from outside the area
to assist us.
IN THE MEANTIME.
THEY'RE ASKING RESIDENTS IN THE AREA TO PREPARE FOR
We're doing the best to get everything out and that's
the best we can do.
THE FOLLOWING EVACUATION ORDERS ARE IN EFFECT...
LEVEL 2 EVACUATIONS, WHICH MEAN PEOPLE NEED TO BE
READY TO LEAVE AT ANY TIME..FOR HIGHWAY 291 BETWEEN
CORKSCREW CANYON AND HIGHWAY 231
AS WELL AS CORKSCREW CANYON ROAD
AND A LEVEL 3 EVACUATION, WHICH MEANS PEOPLE NEED
TO LEAVE...IS IN EFFECT FOR HIGHWAY 291 BETWEEN CORCKSCREW
CANYON AND HIGHWAY 231.
THE REDCROSS IS SET UP AT LAKESIDE HIGH SCHOOL.
THEY ARE NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING PETS OR LIVESTOCK,
BUT THEY ARE WORKING ON SETTING THAT UP.
REPORTING IN THE WEST PLAINS TONIGHT, I'M ALLIE NORTON
KXLY 4 NEWS.