Williams Flats Fire near Colville Reservation at 85% containment

KELLER, Wash. - Fire crews are making progress on the Williams Flats Fire and now have the flames 85% contained.

The fire has burned 44,515 acres. Fire crews said the fire became active on Wednesday, sending visible smoke columns into the air.

Helicopters responded and dropped water to cool the sites. Over 578 firefighting resources continue to work and secure established containment lines. The only concern now is the warming temperatures, which could continue to propagate smoke from unburned fuels in the interior of the fire.

Fire crews said the public will be able to see visible smoking rising from the fire area. They said the public should not be alarmed and ask that you avoid calling 911. 

Level 1 evacuations are in place for areas south of Four Corners, and on or near the shoreline of Lake Roosevelt along the Ninemile-Hellgate Road. 

To keep out unnecessary traffic while crews continue to mop up the fire, Kuehne Road south of the junction of Kuehne and Silver Creek is closed. 

The Ninemile-Hellgate road at Friedlander Meadow, just south of the junction with Silver Creek Road, and Ninemile-Hellgate road south of Four Corners will also remain closed until further notice.  

The Williams Flats Fire was first reported at 3:23 a.m. Friday, August 2. The fire was fueled by fallen dead trees, grass, sage and bitter brush.

Crews have determined the fire was caused by lightning.