Kettle River Fire growing near Curlew

Kettle River Fire growing near Curlew

The Kettle River Fire, burning in the Graphite Mountain area northwest of Curlew, has grown to approximately 30 acres, according to the Northeast Washington Interagency Incident Management Team.

The fire was started by a lightning strike in heavy timber on Saturday.

Initially, Department of Natural Resources crews were able to keep the Kettle River River to just three to six acres. But increased winds caused it to move uphill, jumping containment efforts and allowing it to spread.

Approximately 40 structures are under a Level 1 evacuation notice. Updated evacuation information will be posted by the Ferry County Sheriff’s Office.