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Firefighters battling Spokane Complex Fire near Beacon Hill and Valleyford

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Yale Road Fire UPDATE:

Update 2:50 p.m.: Improved mapping by DNR puts the size of the Yale Road Fire at 3,500 acres Monday afternoon. That's down slightly from the 4,000 acres originally reported.

Previous coverage:

An update from the command post at the Yale Road Fire shows that so far at least 10 homes and numerous outbuildings have been lost. No injuries have been reported. No additional structures were lost overnight.  Residents in the area of Elder Road and Valley Chapel Road are under a level 3 evacuation order.  All other area residents should remain vigilant and pay close attention to public safety warnings.  Elder and Valley Chapel Roads remained closed in the area and motorists are advised to stay clear.

So far firefighters say 4,000 acres have burned and it is 0% contained. Firefighters and local farmers worked through the night to fight the fire and additional crews will arrive on Monday. Air support will also be fighting the flames Monday to help those crews on the ground. Firefighters will be focused on providing structure protection and establishing containment lines around the fire today.

Beacon Hill Fire: 

Update 2:50 p.m.: Washington State Patrol reports all evacuations for the Wellesley Fire (formerly known as the Beacon Hill fire) have been cancelled Monday afternoon. They tell drivers to drive cautiously in the area as firefighters will remain on scene to monitor the fire.

Meanwhile, Washington DNR reports with improved mapping, the fire is 250 acres in size. Firefighters also have a line around the whole fire, but there is no word Monday afternoon on official containment of the blaze.

Previous coverage:

At last update, the fire near Beacon Hill has already destroyed 3-4 homes. Crews were able to get a line around the fire Sunday night, but that does not mean that it's contained. Firefighters say it could be as large as 500 acres. 

UPDATE: Monday, August 22, 2016 7:00 a.m.: The Spokane Complex Fire consists of two fires burning in the Spokane area: A fire near Beacon Hill and another one south of Spokane near Spangle called the Yale Road Fire. 

At last update, the fire near Beacon Hill has already destroyed 3-4 homes. Crews were able to get a line around the fire Sunday night, but that does not mean that it's contained. Firefighters say it could be as large as 500 acres. 

The Yale Road Fire, south of Spokane exploded into 2500 acres Sunday night into Monday morning. The fire is burning north of Spangle near Valleyford and evacuations are in place. 

Previous Coverage:

Update 10:30 p.m.: Fire crews have a line around the fire burning near Beacon Hill Sunday night. While firefighters have gotten a line around it, they stress that the fire is not contained. Crews on scene say the Wellesley fire could be as large as 500 acres Sunday night. Crews will continue battling the fire. 

Update 8 p.m.: Crews are combining their resources on the Wellesley Fire with the resources fighting the Yale Road Fire. Those two fires are now being referred to as the Spokane Complex Fire.

Update 7:15 p.m.: The fire burning in the area of Valley Springs Road near Beacon Hill, now called the Wellesley Fire, is burning about 150 acres as of Sunday night. Level three evacuations are in place, but more firefighters are arriving on the scene.

Previous coverage:

A large brush fire has broken out Sunday afternoon in the area of Valley Springs Road and Wellesley Avenue in Spokane. Smoke from the fire could be seen for miles. 

KHQ's Katie Chen reports level 3 evacuations are in place for for the area south of Bigelow and west of Thierman, Bigelow Gulch and Jensen, as well as Joseph Lane north and a west boundary road due north and south of Joseph Lane. 

The fire is 250 acres and growing at last report. 100 firefighters are on scene now. 30-60 homes are threatened. Two to five primary structures have been lost as well as 5-10 outbuildings.

Fire crews called out a second alarm Sunday afternoon to get more fire crews on scene.

Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer told KHQ's Katie Chen that because of the other fires burning in the area, like the Hart Road Fire, resources were stretched thin. However, no one has been hurt and there were no deaths - only property was lost. Schaeffer also said that they would have better information in the morning but crews would continue to fight overnight.

This is a developing story and will update as soon as we have more information

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