‘Greenhouse Fire’ burns over 5,000 acres near Nespelem

COLVILLE, Wash. — The Greenhouse Fire is at 87-percent containment, burning 5,146 acres just west of Nespelem. 

The Incident Management Team (IMT) said crews were able to mop up over sizable portions of the fire area on Wednesday.

The latest efforts focus on continued mop up, patrol and removing signs and trash from the line.

On the northern side of the fire area, crews will be breaking down berms and bulldozers made when creating lines to contain the fire.

Road construction on Schoolhouse Loop Road and Columbia River Road has resumed. Fire personnel will continue using those roads when needed and ask the public to avoid the area if possible.

Columbia River Road from Omak to Nespelem is closed, as well as all of Schoolhouse Loop Road.

The Colville Tribal Recycling Facility and several outbuildings have already burned. The Corrections Command Center is currently closed until at least Friday due to heavy smoke.  

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.