Fire east of Colville shuts down highway, prompts Level 2 evacuations

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STEVENS COUNTY, Wash. — A fire that started east of Colville on SR-20 has closed the highway and prompted Level 2 evacuations in the area.

Level 2 means ‘get ready to leave at a moment’s notice.’

Stevens County Sheriff’s Office said there is a fast moving fire in the area of Hwy 20 and Black Lake Rd., and people will need to be ready to leave if conditions worsen.

Washington State Department of Transportation said closure for eastbound SR-20 is at MP 372 neat Black Lake Rd. and westbound at Tacoma Creek Rd. at MP 374.

It is unknow when the roadway will reopen.

This is a developing story.