According to law enforcement, firefighters made a lot of progress on the Buffalo Lake Road Fire, near Elmer City, on Thursday night and into Friday morning.
Lights winds in the area have helped firefighters construct containment lines on the southeast portion of the fire. That area was a big concern for them because it faces a long stretch of dry land. If the winds had picked up, the fire could have taken off.
On Friday, the firefighters plan to focus on the fire that is moving up from Lake Roosevelt. According to law enforcement, the western edge of the fire, closest to Elmer City and Coulee Dam, is very secure. The evacuation ban was lifted on Elmer City yesterday. However, structural protection, mop-up and patrolling activities are still going on.
According to law enforcement, on Thursday, the fire burned several power poles, which interrupted electricity in Nespelem, Mount Tollman Fire Center and Keller. Nespelem recovered power within a few hours, but areas east of Nespelem are still without electricity. Crews will work to repair damaged power lines Friday.
As of Friday morning, the wildfire has burned about 11,000 acres, and it is 70 percent contained.
Although Lake Roosevelt isn't closed, law enforcement is asking boaters to stay away from helicopters and planes that are using the lake for water.
According to law enforcement, nearly 200 firefighters and members of law enforcement are working on the fire. So far, no homes have been lost, but two barns have been burned. No injuries have been reported yet.
Firefighters estimate that, so far, there has been about a half-million dollars in damage.