Asotin Complex Fire grows to more than 88 sq. miles

ASOTIN CO., Wash. — The Asotin Complex Fire has now burned more than 56,000 acres — or about 88 square miles —  near Clarkston. 

Level 3 evacuations are in place for people living on Asotin Creek Road west of the Cloverland fork, and from Cloverland Rd. to south Brisley Rd. This means go now. 

Level 2 evacuations are in place for the Harlow Ridge area. In Clarkston Heights, the areas south of Peola Road and Critchfield road south to Asotin Creek are also at Level 2. This means get ready to leave at a moment’s notice.

The Asotin Complex Fire is made up of the Silcott Fire, which has burned roughly 8,600 acres or just over 13 square miles, and the Dry Gulch Fire, which began Wednesday and swelled to over 46,000 acres on Friday, more than 70 square miles. Fire officials say the Dry Gulch Fire was started by lightning and is threatening several structures.

Asotin County Fire District 1 said on Saturday the Dry Gulch Fire has not moved significantly to the north and east in the past 24 hours. With its continued spread to the south and west, Fire District 1 added that firefighters are establishing protection measures for threatened structures. These measures include installing sprinkler systems.

A shelter for evacuees has been set up at Lincoln Middle School in Clarkston. Livestock and large animals can be evacuated to the Livestock Market at 3200 E Main St. in Lewiston.

Asotin Creek Road north of the Cloverland fork is closed.

According to the Southeast Washington Interagency Management Team, one property lost multiple outbuildings. 300 structures are threatened.

The fire started early Wednesday morning and has continued to grow. 

Mobilization of state firefighting resources has been authorized to help fight the fire and specialists have been ordered to attack from the air. 

Another wildfire, the Wilma Fire, is burning nearby. That fire has burned about 70 acres (.1 square miles) and is threatening power lines, rangeland and cropland.

Fire District 1 said the cause of the Dry Gulch Fire was determined to be lightning.

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