Fire sparks near town of Malden, threatening structures

Fire sparks near town of Malden, threatening structures

UPDATE: Fire is now 80% contained.

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Nerve-wracking few hours for Malden, as fire burns towards town

A fire that sparked around 3:30 p.m on Wednesday had the town of Malden holding its breath.

The fire started near the top of the canyon outside of town, before moving down the canyon pushed by winds in the area. Several structures were threatened, including homes. Level two evacuation notices remain in place, meaning residents should be prepared to leave at a moments notice.

The fire is 0% contained, but firefighter say the flames subsided significantly at nightfall. Fire crews worked through the night working on containment.

Fire officials estimate the fire to have burned around 350 acres and growing, 80 of which were heavily forested.

The mayor of the town is thankful for the community response to get the fire under control.

“We had several fire districts that came to help us,” said Christina Ferrell, Mayor of Malden. “They came from Spokane, St. Johns, Oaksdale, Garfield, Rosalia, and Malden even got their little truck out. We had help from farmers and people who came up to cultivate around the fire and brought water trucks. We had several fertilizer plants even bring their water trucks out to help us. We are just very thankful.”