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WILDFIRE WATCH: Devil's Elbow Complex continues to grow; containment very low

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NESPELEM, Wash. -

TUESDAY 12pm UPDATE: 

The Devil's Elbow Complex fire, located just north of Keller, has burned 20,287 acres. As of noon on Tuesday, there are 150 homes and 90 other structures threatened. So far one home and two out-buildings have been destroyed. 

The fire was started by lightning on August 2nd and as of noon on Tuesday, containment is listed at 7%. 

There are Level 3 evacuations in place along Highway 21 from Capoose Creek/Meadown to the Bear Creek Campground. If you are in this area you should leave immediately. 

Level 2 evacuations exist for the Bridge Creek Road from Hwy 21 east to the Keno Mine Campground; on Hwy 21 from Capoose Creek south to Cache Creek Road; and on Hwy 21 from the Bear Creek Campground north to Anderson Creek. Residents should be ready to leave at a moment’s notice.

Level 1 on Hwy 21 from Anderson Creek north to the Twentyone Mile Road junction. Residents should be alert that there is fire activity in the general area.

On the east side of Hwy 21, the AREA contained by Bridge Creek Road to the south; Upper Bridge Creek Road, Red Thunder Cutoff, and the Thirty Mile Road to the east; and the Twentyfive Mile Road to the north are closed.

On the west side of Hwy 21, the AREA contained by Cache Creek Road, the Central Peak Road, and the South Nanamkin Road is closed.

The roads surrounding the closed areas are not closed, but access within the closed areas is restricted to firefighters, law enforcement and other authorized personnel. Avoiding this vicinity will help ensure that the firefighters can complete their containment lines and burnout operations safely.

Previous coverage: 

NESPELEM, Wash.- The Devil's Elbow Complex fires, burning on the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, was listed at 19,698 acres Monday evening. The complex of fires is threatening approximately 150 homes and 90 other structures. At last check it was four percent contained. One firefighter did suffer an injury, although details on the injury have not been made public.

Firefighters caught a new fire burning near the area Monday afternoon, but quickly got it under control before it spread beyond 30 acres. Crews say Air support for the Devil's Elbow Fire is limited by the dense smoke, but several helicopters were able to continue work along the west perimeter of the Complex where visibility was improved by southwesterly winds. Firefighters along all fronts of the fire worked Monday to secure and reinforce existing containment lines.

A cold, dry, thunderstorm is expected to move over the region late Monday night arriving from the south, which has crews on high alert.

There is shelter for displaced residents at the Keller Community Center (11669 Highway 21, Keller, WA). People affected by the fire can also call (509) 634-2190 for information.

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