Sherwood Fire near Wellpinit burns almost 2 square miles, 95 percent contained

WELLPINIT, Wash. — A wildfire burning on the Spokane Reservation is now 95 percent contained, but some areas remain under Level 1 and 2 evacuations.

The Sherwood Fire started on Wednesday night, July 21, and has burned nearly two square miles (1,256 acres) just north of Wellpinit, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

Level 2 evacuations are in place for homes on Ford-Wellpinit Road one mile East of Joe Sherwood Road to Martha Boardman Road, and Cottonwood Road east of Drum Road and west of Wilkinson Road.

Level 1 evacuations are in place for homes one mile South of Ford-Wellpinit Road on Martha Boardman Road. This includes Martha Boardman Housing, Tshmikain Meadows, Sockeye and Kokanee, as well as East of Martha Boardman Road on Ford Wellpinit Road and up to Cottonwood Road.

Despite the high containment, the department said the Spokane Indian Reservation continues to be in extreme fire danger and precautions should be taken to avoid creating a new fire.

The cause is under investigation.