FORD, Wash. - Firefighters are working to gain an upper hand on the Lake Spokane fire, which has burned 900 acres since Wednesday afternoon.
Stevens County fire officials say the fire is approximately 70 to 80 percent contained as of Thursday morning. That might change depending on the winds Thursday. Officials report there were several hot spots in the fire zone overnight.
FEMA has authorized the use of federal funds to help with the costs of fighting the fire due to the threat the fire posed to 158 homes between Ford and Reardan. FEMA Region X administrator Kenneth Murphy made the decision to approve federal funding early Thursday morning due to the threat of destruction by the fire.
Approximately 400 people have been evacuated from the area in the fire's path and no structures have burned.
Firefighting resources committed to the fire include 200 firefighters, 20 engines, two dozers, four strike teams, three helicopters and multiple air tankers. Washington Incident Management Team Two has also been mobilized to manage the fire.
Evacuations and Closures
Evacuations remain in effect for the following areas:
Level 3 Evacuation for Highway 231 between Highway 291 and Corkscrew Canyon
Level 2 Evacuation Notice for Highway 291 between Highway 231 and Corkscrew Canyon
No new evacuations have been ordered
Lake Spokane Campground is closed due to wildfire fighting efforts
The Red Cross has moved its evacuation shelter from Lakeside High School to Lakeside Middle School due to a basketball tournament.