Inchelium Complex Fire burns 29 sq. miles on Colville Reservation, 67-percent contained

INCHELIUM, Wash. — Evacuations have been downgraded for people living near the Inchelium Complex Fire.

The complex is made up of three fires — the Inchelium Highway Fire, Fry Fire and Kewa Field Fire — that have burned a combined 29.5 square miles on the Colville Reservation. As of Wednesday morning, the complex is 67-percent contained and four structures have been damaged.

The fire began September 7 and quickly started burning timber and brush. Crews are focusing their efforts on protecting homes and commercial buildings.

Seyler Valley Road to Silver Creek Road remains closed.

Inchelium Highway Fire

A reduced, Level 2 evacuation is in effect for people near Hall Creek and Seyler Valley Road. This means be ready to leave at a moment’s notice.

This fire has burned 7,147 acres (11 square miles)

Fry Fire 

A reduced, Level 2 evacuation — meaning be ready to leave — is in place for people living near Twin Lakes and Meteor Road, including North and South Twin.

This fire has burned 482 acres.

Kewa Field Fire

This area remains under a Level 2 evacuation in the Kewa Valley. Those people should be prepared to evacuate. People in Stray Dog Canyon were under a Level 3 evacuation, but it was reduced to Level 2.

This fire has burned 11,311 acres (17.6 square acres).

Crews remain focused on point protection and protecting structures, as well as natural and cultural resources.