Bissell Fire contained

(By Staff Reports/Chewelah Independent) 

The worst of the Bissell Fire has passed. After threatening homes around Gifford in western Stevens County, the fire is now 100 percent contained and firefighters assigned to the Bissell Fire have been released..

The official size of the blaze was 377 acres.

The Bissell Fire had 130 personnel working on it and the cause is under investigation.

According to authorities, the Bissell Fire started July 23, 2017, just after 7 p.m. north of Hunters. The fire caused level three evacuations for approximately 25 residents. Local firefighters and DNR responded to the blazed and a Red Cross shelter was established at Columbia School in Hunters.

That shelter has since been closed with danger passing. Power initially lost because of the fire has since been restored.

North Fork Mill Creek fire sees good progress

The WA DNR has made good progress on the North Fork Mill fire, which occurred in North Stevens County near the Pend Oreille County line on US Forest Service Land. It is 60 percent contained (as of July 31) and since last Thursday, smoldering stumps and hot spots have been the main cause of concern in mop-up work.

The size of the fire is 50 acres and roughly 55 firefighters are currently working on the fire extinguishing smoldering stumps and hot spots.

The fire started on Wednesday, July 26 at 3:30 p.m. and the cause is undetermined.

No structures were threatened in the fire.