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Nespelem fire grows past 10,000 acres, destroyed 14 structures, and has killed livestock

PHOTO BY: Spokesman Review

- Nespelem , WA

A brush fire of approximately 10,000- acres is growing dangerously fast and so far burned seven building, and has killed livestock and wild animals in the Colville Indian Reservation.

SR-155 is open to those who need to evacuate from the fires. The Red Cross has also set up a shelter at Coulee Dam High School's main gym. There is also an evacuation center at the Nespelem Community Center located at Schoolhouse Loop Road.

Here is a list of all of the roads and highways closed due to the wildfire

  • Highway 155 at the Colville Indian Agency to Jackson Gas Station in Nespelem, WA. Traffic is being rerouted to Schoolhouse Loop Road.

  • Cache Creek Road at Nespelem is closed to Hwy 21 near Keller, WA.

  • Cache Creek Cutoff Road is closed at the Colville Indian Agency. All traffic is being rerouted onto Peter Dan Road north of Elmer City to Hwy 21 near Keller, WA.

  • Intersection at Buffalo Lake Road and Joe Moses Road.

  • Buffalo Lake Road at the Colville Indian Agency to the Buffalo Lake Access Road.

The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation released a press release explaining the current fire's condition stating that the fire has grown to 10,000 acres as of Tuesday morning. The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation has also declared a state of emergency along with a Industrial Fire Precaution due to the fast growing fire, according to the Colville tribe local forest access roads are closed. The fire has destroyed 14 structures and has taken the life of local live stock.

Level 3 evacuations remain in in place for the town of Nespelem, the Colville Indian Agency and residents at Owhi Flats along Cache Creek Road. This means residents need to evacuate now.

Level 2 evacuations are in place along Joe Moses Road. Level 1 evacuations are in place for Buffalo and McGinnis Lakes. This means residents should "get ready" in case of evacuation.

Fire officials said the wildfires were started by lightning Monday evening.

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