Residents affected by the Yale Road Fire can head back home, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office as evacuation levels have been downgraded to Level 1.
“Well, I think we’ve had a good day,” Washington State Patrol Trooper Jeff Sevigney said.
Officials say be careful heading back and survey your property in case it has changed. Ten homes have been lost in this fire. Sevigney says we’re not completely out of the woods yet as this fire is still an active one.
“It’s burning behind me and it’ll continue to burn like that for some time,” Sevigney said.
Firefighters are making progress, though. They’re getting help from calmer weather and have stopped the fire from growing. Overnight, they’ll monitor the area to ensure progress isn’t lost and flare ups are in check.
“Nighttime, obviously, is a little more dangerous. Visibility is always an issue, but really [with] firefighters out here at night, first priority is life safety and structure protection,” Sevigney said.
Terrain is making fighting the fire challenging for crews battling flames in canyons and heavy timber. Officials say they can do the work, it just takes time.
“Steep rugged terrain that you can’t drive vehicles through, really you can only get people down there. Very labor intensive work,” Sevigney said.
A public information meeting on the Yale Road Fire has been scheduled for Wednesday evening at 6 pm at Freeman High School, located at 14626 S. Jackson Road in Rockford.