Over 1,130 firefighters working on blaze…
After several days of hot weather, firefighters got brief reprieve on Friday as overcast weather and rain is sweeping through NE Washington. The Williams Flats Fire has grown to 40,000 acres since a lightning strike started the blaze several days ago. This new storm system is also bringing thunderstorms, and could cause more fires to pop up.
Located in the Colville Indian Reservation, the Williams Flats Fire is still on the Ferry County side of the Columbia River. Level three evacuation orders have been issued for Southwest of Wilmont Creek to Whitestone Lookout Road.
There is a Level 2 evacuation order in place for Wilmont Creek drainage, and a Level 1 evacuation advisory has been issued for all residents and campers along the shoreline of Lake Roosevelt/Columbia River from the Falls Creek/Cougar Canyon Road (the area sometimes called the Smoke Ranch) south to Wilmont Creek Road. This includes the Rogers Bar Campground. The Colville Tribes Emergency Services requests evacuees go to the Inchelium Community Center and check in. If they need a shelter, a place to stay overnight will be arranged at or near the Community Center. More