(STAFF REPORTS/Chewelah Independent)
No evacuation orders currently in place…
The North Mill Creek Fire 10 miles northeast of Colville has grown to 497 acres since being discovered yesterday. The blaze is currently burning timber in the Colville National Forest.
The fire was initially reported at 4 p.m. on Thursday and initial attack resources included engines, crews, four dozers, a hot saw, various overhead, an Air Attack, four Fire Bosses, and three helicopters. While there was an effort to knock it down early, erratic fire behavior coupled with intense downdraft winds forced the aircraft to pull back from suppressing the fire, and the Air Attack made the recommendation for all ground resources to disengage, as well. More