Swanson Lake Fire is now 35 percent contained - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Swanson Lake Fire is now 35 percent contained

LINCOLN COUNTY, Wash. - The incident commander overseeing the fire burning in Lincoln County said Thursday the Swanson Lake Fire is now 35 percent contained.

On Wednesday, the commander, Rex Reed, said the fire had become the number one priority for firecrews in Washington and Oregon State.

Officials say the fire burning 10 miles northwest of Davenport and south of Telford, has destroyed 19,000 acres of land and 18 structures, mostly sheds.

Because of rain, cooler temperatures, and light winds, evacuation orders for the Swanson Lake fire have been downgraded by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office from a level III to a level II. That means evacuees may return to their homes, but should be prepared to leave at a moment's notice.

The new order issued Wednesday morning affects residents living in the Hawk Creek, Hawk Creek Estates and Dodd Canyon areas. So far no homes have been lost.

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On Monday, 25 homes in the Hawk Creek Ranch area were given voluntary evacuation orders, as high winds helped fuel the fire. The Red Cross set up an emergency shelter for evacuees at Davenport High School, but the school is now closed as evacuees are being allowed back to their homes.

As the firefight progressed Monday night, more firefighting resources were ordered, including a Type 2 Incident Management Team and nine strike teams consisting of wildland fire engines.

As of Friday there were around 750 personnel working the fire, 55 engines, 5 bulldozers, and two helicopters.

Lincoln County Undersheriff Kelly Watkins said the fire started around 6:30 p.m. Monday, burning an abandoned building. Officials say lightning is the likely cause of the fire but that has not been confirmed. 

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