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Fire burning in Gifford holding at 83 acres

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Fire burning near Gifford, Wash. Fire burning near Gifford, Wash.
GIFFORD, Wash. -

Update: 3:10 p.m. Saturday: Fire crews are in mop up mode for a fire burning near Gifford, Wash. The fire is holding at 83 acres. About 150 firefighters were on the scene Saturday monitoring the fire and putting out flare ups as well as strengthening fire lines.

Update: 3:45 p.m. Friday: The fire burning near Gifford, Washington, has grown to 80 acres as of Friday afternoon. It is still zero percent contained, but all evacuations orders issued in the area have been lifted. 

About 120 firefighters are fighting the fire Friday. No structures have been lost in the fire and no structures are threatened at this time. 

The Red Cross shelter that was set up Thursday for those who were forced to evacuate has been closed.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Update: 8:15 p.m.: Rick Anderson with Emergency Management tells KHQ the fire burning near Gifford, Wash., is holding at 30 acres as of Thursday evening. He says helicopters and planes are still making air drops on the fire and crews on the ground are working to get a line around the fire, but the fire is still 0 percent contained.

Anderson tells KHQ evacuations in the area will be downgraded to Level 2, meaning residents should be ready to leave at a moment's notice if conditions change, sometime Thursday night.

Firefighters saved three homes in the area and a Type 3 Incident Management team has been called in to help battle the blaze.

Update: The American Red Cross has opened an emergency shelter at Evergreen School in Gifford, Wash., to provide safety to those being evacuated due to the wildfire off the Addy-Gifford Road.

The school is located at 3441 Addy-Gifford Road. It is currently open and will remain in operation until Emergency Management personnel deem it appropriate to close.

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. ?

Previous coverage:

Right now the Stevens County Sheriff's Office, the Department of Natural Resources, and Fire District 12 are responding to a wildfire burning near Addy-Gifford Road, in Gifford, Washington.

The fire has burned 30 acres so far. The Stevens County Sheriff's Office has initiated Level 3 evacuations for homes in that area. Specifically for homes between Addy-Gifford Road up to and including Daisy Mine Road. People living in those areas should leave their homes now.

 The Stevens County Sheriff told us that homes in that area are threatened by fire, but so far none have burned.

 This is a developing story, look for more information as we get it into the newsroom.

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