No containment on Boyds Fire forcing Kettle Falls families out of homes

No containment on Boyds Fire forcing Kettle Falls families out of homes

Monday afternoon there was no containment on the Boyds Fire burning near Kettle Falls.

The fire is threatening “hundreds” of homes, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

“There are several hundred homes that are threatened. I think 800 are without power. And, to date, we’ve lost three homes,” said Daniel Omdal, information officer for the Boyds Fire.

Thick smoke in the air isn’t just having a negative impact on the air quality, it’s also negatively affecting the fight against the flames. Because of visibility issues, DNR must limit the number of aircraft used.

“Don’t want too many in the air, too much traffic, when visibility is low,” said Omdal.

The fire is burning approximately 1,962 acres. Crews are trying to get some containment before temperatures rise and humidity drops through the week.

“Pretty rugged terrain. Difficult to access. But, otherwise, things are going pretty well,” Omdal said.

Meanwhile, evacuees were rushed from their homes Saturday. Kenneth Taroy is visiting family and had to leave his RVs behind while the family left the property.

“You don’t know what to expect. There’s all sorts of… did I grab enough clothes, do we have everything, where we’re going to stay, all those things,” Taroy said.

He says the flames came about two feet from the property.

“The whole area over here you can see flames on the side of the mountain,” he said.

A horse barn was lost, but everything else remains intact. But, even if those things were lost, he says that’s not what’s important.

“Everyone is safe. So, those things can be replaced,” said Taroy.

For the dozens of evacuated families, a Red Cross shelter has been set up at Kettle Falls High School.

“They can spend the night there, they can get a meal and otherwise be taken care of. They are also handing out masks for those who are aged or infirmed and otherwise compromised with respiratory issues,” said Omdal.