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Update: Two fires burning in Stevens County

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WSP reports two fires are burning in the Colville area. WSP reports two fires are burning in the Colville area.
STEVENS COUNTY, Wash. -

Update, 9:10 pm Friday: The Department of Natural Resources reports the fire burning at Rail Canyon Road has grown to 500 acres as of Friday night. Meanwhile, DNR reports the fire burning north of Colville on Williams Lake Road has burned 250 acres. All evacuations for that fire are at level 1 Friday night.

Update, 7:09 pm Friday: The Department of Natural Resources has confirmed that two houses and six outbuilidings have burned as a result of a wildfire near Rail Canyon Road in Springdale, Wash. Right now, another 20 houses have been evacuated, bringing the total number up to 40. Level 3 evacuations are still in place.

The American Red Cross is opening an emergency shelter at Mary Walker High School at 8:30 p.m. on Friday night. The high school is located at 500 N. 4th Street.

Anyone evacuating to a Red Cross shelter should bring the following essential items for each member of the family:

  • Prescription and emergency medications
  • Foods that meet unusual dietary requirements
  • Identification and important personal documents
  • Extra clothing, pillows, blankets, towels, hygiene supplies and other comfort items
  • Supplies needed for children and infants, such as diapers, formula and toys
  • Special items for family members who are elderly or disabled
  • Note: Public health regulations do not permit pets in shelters. Trained assistance animals are permitted.

Update, 6:04 pm Friday: KHQ has just learned that the Rail Canyon fire has grown to an estimated 300-400 acres. Reporter Liz Burch tells us 20 homes have been evacuated in the area. She also reports there is no cause for the fire yet.

Update, 5:30 pm, Friday: The fire burning near Rail Canyon Road in Stevens County has grown to over 100 acres Friday evening, however evacuations in the area have been downgraded to Level 2. Level 2 evacuations have been put in place for the east and west sides of Highway 231 and Rail Canyon Road, expanding two miles north. 

The fire burning outside of Colville on Williams Lake Road is still under Level 3 evacuations, and the fire has grown to 30 acres.

Update: Two fires are burning in Stevens County Friday afternoon. Rick Anderson with Stevens County Emergency Management says one fire is burning just outside of Colville in the 400 block of Williams Lake Road. Level 3 evacuations, meaning residents should leave their houses immediately, have been issued for homes in the area. The fire is at least 20 acres.

Another fire, in the area of Highway 231 and Rail Canyon Road, is also causing evacuations. Level 3 evacuations have been ordered. Emergency management reports one structure has burned, but its unclear whether it was a home or an outbuilding.

Previous coverage:  

Washington State Patrol says two fires are burning in Colville, Wash., Friday afternoon. One fire has burned 10 to 15 acres and another fire has burned 20 acres.

WSP there have been some evacuations in the area.

This story is developing. We will update you as soon as we have more information. 

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