UPDATE: Fire Near Superior Grows To 6.5 Square Miles; Structures - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Right Now:

66°
  • (Feels like 66°)
  • Partly Cloudy

Today:

  • 76° |
  • 55°

7-Day Forecast

UPDATE: Fire Near Superior Grows To 6.5 Square Miles; Structures Threatened

Posted: Updated:
  • Also on KHQ.comMore>>

  • KHQ Weather Authority

    Become a KHQ Weather Watcher!

    Become a KHQ Weather Watcher!

    Do you want to be a Weather Watcher for KHQ Local News?  You just need the ability to Skype or UStream from your computer or smart phone.>>
    Do you want to be a Weather Watcher for KHQ Local News?  You just need the ability to Skype or UStream from your computer or smart phone.>>
  • More from the Weather AuthorityMore>>

  • Interactive Radar

    HD Doppler 6i

    Watch the weather as it happens with KHQ's HD Doppler 6i Interactive Radar! >>
    Watch the weather as it happens with KHQ's HD Doppler 6i Interactive Radar! >>

SUPERIOR, Mont. (AP) - Crews battling the West Mullan Fire have made good progress in keeping it from burning into Superior, but some structures still remain threatened on the northwestern part of the blaze.
    
Fire information officers say the fire, which started Sunday, had burned an estimated 4,550 acres, or just over seven square miles, by Friday morning.
    
Fire information officer Greg DeNitto says he thinks the residents of Superior are resting a little easier now that crews have about 6 or 7 miles of fire line along the southwestern edge of the fire, parallel to the Clark Fork River.
    
Work Friday will include efforts to prevent the northwestern edge of the fire from burning across Keystone Creek and getting the southeastern edge of the fire to burn fuels down to a fire line near Flat Creek.

PREVIOUS COVERAGE:

The Missoulian reports a stubborn branch of the 4,150-acre fire reached the doorstep of several homes in northern Superior and threatened a cluster of businesses, including two local bars and a bank, along with an auto parts store and a lumber yard.

The fire's growth near the Lolo National Forest forced new evacuation orders Thursday at Keystone and LaVista roads. All of Superior north of the Clark Fork River was shuttered, as evacuation orders issued Wednesday remained in effect. The river itself was closed from the Big Eddy fishing access to the Slowey Campground.

PREVIOUS COVERAGE:

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - The Mineral County sheriff's office issued more evacuation orders Thursday afternoon as temperatures rose and the humidity decreased on the West Mullan fire burning north of Superior.
    
Fire officials say at least 100 residences have been evacuated since the fire started on Sunday.
    
Strong winds Wednesday afternoon helped push the fire from 1,800 acres to an estimated 3,650 acres, or 5.7 square miles by Thursday.
    
No traffic is being allowed north of the Clark Fork River in Superior.
    
Fire information officer Greg DiNitto says the northeastern part of the fire had burned very near the Bonneville Power Administration power line, but reportedly had not crossed it.
    
No structures have been lost.
    
The American Red Cross set up an emergency evacuation center at Superior Elementary School.

PREVIOUS STORY:

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Strong winds accompanying a storm Wednesday afternoon forced fire managers to pull firefighters off the West Mullan fire burning north of Superior.
    
Fire information officer Pat McKelvey says the fire didn't receive any moisture Wednesday afternoon or evening, but the wind helped push the fire from 1,800 acres to 3,600 acres, or about 5.6 square miles.
    
The fire moved northeast toward the Bonneville Power Administration line.
    
More than 50 homes remained under evacuation and Mineral County officials put more residents on ore-evacuation notice.
    
More crews arrived to help the firefighting effort and crews pulled off the lines were expected to return Thursday morning.
    
The Mineral County Fairgrounds has been opened to house animals and livestock, but owners are responsible for food and water.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • PHOTOS: CASH REWARD offered for information leading to the arrest of these FUGITIVES

    PHOTOS: CASH REWARD offered for information leading to the arrest of these FUGITIVES

    Friday, August 22 2014 7:41 PM EDT2014-08-22 23:41:09 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest is offering cash rewards for any information leading to the arrest of the fugitives listed on their website as of August 21, 2014. If you recognize any of these fugitives, you are asked call 1-800-222 TIPS.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest is offering cash rewards for any information leading to the arrest of the fugitives listed on their website as of August 21, 2014. If you recognize any of these fugitives, you are asked call 1-800-222 TIPS.>>
  • WATCH IT: A farmer. A trombone. An empty field. What happens next?

    WATCH IT: A farmer. A trombone. An empty field. What happens next?

    Friday, August 22 2014 1:42 PM EDT2014-08-22 17:42:29 GMT
    KHQ.COM - The video begins simply enough. A man who calls himself Farmer Derek Klingenberg walks into the frame with a trombone, looks at the camera, gives a "shhhhh" sign, and then sits down in a lawn chair and begins to play a cover version of Lorde's "Royals." >>
    KHQ.COM - The video begins simply enough. A man who calls himself Farmer Derek Klingenberg walks into the frame with a trombone, looks at the camera, gives a "shhhhh" sign, and then sits down in a lawn chair and begins to play a cover version of Lorde's "Royals." What happens next? An audience quickly forms. Check it out.>>
  • Woman attacked in parking lot of Kootenai County Fairgrounds

    Woman attacked in parking lot of Kootenai County Fairgrounds

    Friday, August 22 2014 2:23 PM EDT2014-08-22 18:23:37 GMT
    KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho - The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office is investigating an attempted rape that occurred Thursday night in the parking lot of the Kootenai County Fairgrounds. >>
    KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho - The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office is investigating an attempted rape that occurred Thursday night in the parking lot of the Kootenai County Fairgrounds. Deputies say the 26-year-old woman told them she had just finished working at the fair at around 8:00pm and was walking to her car when two men attacked her from behind and took her to the ground. >>
  • Top Stories from KHQTop StoriesMore>>

  • PHOTOS: Flash flooding & mudslides trap people in Okanogan County

    PHOTOS: Flash flooding & mudslides trap people in Okanogan County

    Friday, August 22 2014 9:12 PM EDT2014-08-23 01:12:14 GMT
    OKANOGAN COUNTY, Wash.- Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers tells KHQ that as of 5:00pm Friday evening, Highway 20 is back open and no homes are threaten after numerous mudslides washed out roads and stranded drivers Thursday night and Friday morning. >>
    OKANOGAN COUNTY, Wash.- Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers tells KHQ that as of 5:00pm Friday evening, Highway 20 is back open and no homes are threaten after numerous mudslides washed out roads and stranded drivers Thursday night and Friday morning. >>
  • Why landslides happen and could happen here

    Why landslides happen and could happen here

    Friday, August 22 2014 9:11 PM EDT2014-08-23 01:11:53 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - After dealing with the state's largest wildfire that burned through hundreds of miles of land, Okanogan County is now dealing with something else. >>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - After dealing with the state's largest wildfire that burned through hundreds of miles of land, Okanogan County is now dealing with something else. A landslide swept through, completely closing roads, and trapping people in their homes. “With all that vegetation gone, the water just runs off and creates a large pile at the bottom of the hill,” said U.S. Geological Survey Geologist Tom Frost.>>
  • Fugitive Friday: WANTED: Sarah Langford

    Fugitive Friday: WANTED: Sarah Langford

    Friday, August 22 2014 9:06 PM EDT2014-08-23 01:06:33 GMT
    KHQ.COM - The KHQ CrimeTrackers are helping Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest track down a fugitive on the run. Her name is Sarah Langford. The 27-year-old has been spotted in Spokane Valley and the University City area. Langford is wanted for identity theft, and has been convicted on misdemeanor and felony theft charges.>>
    KHQ.COM - The KHQ CrimeTrackers are helping Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest track down a fugitive on the run. Her name is Sarah Langford. The 27-year-old has been spotted in Spokane Valley and the University City area. Langford is wanted for identity theft, and has been convicted on misdemeanor and felony theft charges.>>