LATEST UPDATES: All evacuations lifted for people living near Ford Corkscrew Fire

Corkscrew Fire burns near Ford Aug. 16, 2021. CREDIT: WSDOT East

FORD, Wash.– All evacuations have been lifted for people living near the Corkscrew Fire burning in Ford.

As of Monday morning, the fire was 95 percent contained.

The fire, which first ignited on Aug. 15, has burned more than 15,000 acres and has destroyed 30 homes, as well as at least 111 other buildings.

Scroll down for the latest updates. 

7 a.m. Monday, Aug. 30, 2021 

All evacuations in place have been lifted.

The fire is 95 percent contained.

4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021

Stevens County Fire District 1 says all areas inside the fire’s footprint should stay out.

Level 2 evacuation zones are around the immediate fire perimeter (the north end is a bit larger as containment lines are not quite in place there.)

The old level 2 areas are now level 1 and the previous level 1’s have been dropped.

Ford Corkscrew Fire evacuations map 8-26-21

Stevens County Fire District No.1

7:51 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021

Firefighters said 30 homes and 111 outbuildings have been destroyed in the fire. Five other homes have been damaged.

Fire crews said some evacuations would be lowered at 7 a.m. Thursday.

The fire is 67-contained. It had burned 15,820 acres.

7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021

Stevens County Fire District 1 says revised evacuation statuses will be announced at the 7 p.m. Wednesday town hall. Then, they will take effect on Thursday morning.

The fire is now 59-percent contained.

9:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 23, 2021

The Ford-Corkscrew Fire is now 56-percent contained. It has burned 15,787 acres and is holding, according to the Stevens County Fire District No.1. Firefighters said highway 231 between Rail Canyon and South of Ford will be down to one-lane and a pilot car for periods of time on Tuesday.

There was no change in evacuation orders, however, fire crews said that is being evaluated in team meetings and they expected to have news in the next couple of days.

10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20, 2021

  • The fire is now 30-percent contained.
  • Highway 231 is back open.
  • Evacuation orders remain the same.

9:05 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021

Firefighters say there have been no injuries reported. They also estimate the fire has cost $2.5 million, and that might not include all the costs of aircraft.

7:39 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021

First responders and firefighters held a public meeting Thursday night.

Crews said evacuation orders have not changed. They said getting people back into their homes was a matter of safety and they were working toward it day and night.

3:25 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021

Stevens County Fire District No. 1 says crews will continue to work securing lines around the fire. It had burned 15,019 acres and is currently 14-percent contained.

There is a Facebook live meeting about the fire at 7 p.m. Thursday night. It will be available on here once it’s live.

8:28 pm. Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021

Stevens County Fire District No. 1 says the fire is now 14-percent contained. Fire crews have 100-percent of the perimeter contained. There have been 14,000 acres burned.

You can read more here.

9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021

Stevens County Fire District 1 confirmed 18 homes were lost in the fire. More than 800 others are threatened.

Fire crews reported “great” progress was made overnight. Dozers will continue moving across the mountain peaks to the head of the fire. They will also be working along the base of the mountains in Williams Valley, tying in lines already put in over the past several days as emergency fire stops. The goal Wednesday and Thursday is to “connect the dots” of all the dozer lines so that the fire is surrounded.

Less wind in the forecast is expected to help the firefight Wednesday.

12 p.m. Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Authorities now say 300 families living near the fire are under Level 3 evacuations.

FEMA has authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the fire.

10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021

Level 3 evacuations remain in place for the area from Ford south to the county line and east along the river to Tumtum. The fire has burned more than 13,000 acres and is not contained. Eight homes and 12 structures have been destroyed. Nearly 100 fire personnel are battling the fire.

9:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 16, 2021

The Stevens County Sheriff’s Office says Level 3 evacuation orders are now in place for the area from Ford south to the county line and east along the river to Tumtum. You can see the new evacuation map here.

The Red Cross shelter has been changed to the Deer Park High School.

8:50 p.m. Monday, Aug. 16, 2021

The Washington Department of Transportation reminds drivers SR 231 is closed north of Ford to a couple of miles south of Springdale. The closure is expected to last overnight.

8:45 p.m. Monday, Aug. 16, 2021

Stevens County Emergency Management released a new evacuation map. You can find it here.

Corkscrew Ford Fire Evacuation maps 8 p.m. 8-16-21




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