Fires blowing up across Inland Northwest

Blowing winds across the Inland Northwest are helping fan the flames on multiple wildfires from Republic all the way south to Walla Walla. Here’s a county-by-county roundup of wildfires in the region.

Stevens County:

The largest fire Thursday is the Slide Creek fire in Stevens County. The fire has burned more than 900 acres of land between Arden and Addy in Stevens County, burning two homes and several other outbuildings. As of Friday morning, there are 70 structures threatened which is down from 110 Thursday night.

Mandatory evacuations were issued for residents living in the vicinity of Westover Road, Philleo Road and Moran Creek. On Slight Creek Road residents are being allowed into the area to remove their belongings.

Multiple fire crews assisted by DNR air tankers are battling the fire.

The Inland Northwest Red Cross has established a shelter at the Colville High School for everyone who has been evacuated from their homes, though nobody was staying at the shelter as of Thursday night.

Lincoln County:

In Lincoln County a fast-moving wildfire close to Davenport prompted the closure of Highway 28, near Mayberry Road for a few hours. Crews say the fire burned about 800 acres and was nearly 80 percent contained Thursday night.

Firefighters say a hay baler sparked the fire just after 4:30 p.m. near Rocklyn Road.

Power was knocked out to the towns of Davenport, Odessa, and Harrington for several hours Thursday evening due to a fire in Stevens County that torched a transmission line.

Earlier in the day, another fire burned uncomfortably close to the Lincoln County Fairgrounds, closing a portion of Highway 2. That fire was reported out and the highway reopened as of 4 p.m.

Ferry County:

DNR is responding to a wildfire burning near Republic. The Fish Hatchery Road Fire has burned more than 350 acres. At least one outbuilding has burned and more structures are threatened. DNR has designated the Fish Hatchery Road Fire a Type 2 incident.

At Curlew Lake DNR is also fighting a 10-acre blaze and air tankers were dropping retardant on the fire lines as of 2:30 p.m.

The Red Cross is establishing an emergency shelter at Republic High School for any residents evacuated because of the fires burning in Ferry County.

Columbia County:

At 6 p.m. DNR identified a new fire burning east of Dayton in Columbia County. The fire has burned more than 300 acres and structures are threatened. The state has mobilized resources to fight this fire.

Spokane County:

In Fairfield, Fire District 2, supported by DNR, established a control line around a field fire that spread into some timber.

In western Spokane County, crews with Fire District 3 reached containment on a field fire near Cheney-Plaza and Wells Rd. The fire burned about 200 acres of wheat and grass. Firefighters from DNR took over the task of mopping up the fire late Thursday evening.

As of 5:30 an additional fire was burning three to four miles west of Cheney off Salnave Road. That fire was approximately 40 to 50 acres in size and burning in wheat / stubble.

Walla Walla County:

West of Walla Walla US 12 has been closed just before 4 p.m. due to a brush fire. The roadway was closed from milepost 314 to milepost 319 near Wallula Junction.

North Idaho:

In Idaho the Department of Lands crews, supported by a helicopter, are fighting a small fire off Highway 95 near milepost 421 south of Coeur d?Alene. There is no word on the size of the fire.

Whitman County:

Highway 195 was closed at 2:15 p.m. south of Pullman due to a fast moving wildfire between Pullman and Colton. The roadway was closed down for approximately three hours between mileposts 15 and 19 and structures were threatened. At 4:45 authorities reported the fire had been knocked down and Highway 195 reopened.

The region is currently under a blowing wind advisory through 9 p.m. Winds are between 25 and 35 mph with gusts up to 45 mph.