Wildfires in central Washington cover more than 6000 acres

Wildfires in central Washington cover more than 6000 acres

Wildfires in central Washington cover more than 6000 acres

Krake said hand and bulldozer crews worked overnight to cut fire lines, but will only be able to engage the fire in some positions, when and where it's safe.

Level 2 evacuation levels are in place for Colockum Road, Kingsbury Road, Moses Carr Road, Ingersoll Road, and Tarpiscan Road.

Residents are under a level-two evacuation, which means they should be prepared to leave their homes at any moment. Traffic along the Alcoa/Malaga Highway is limited to local traffic beyond milepost eight.

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What started as separate grass fires have now combined into a single fire west of the Malaga-Alcoa Highway and north of Colockum Road.

Multiple crews say the fires are actively spreading because of high winds pushing the fire through grass and brush. Two helicopters are being used to assist firefighters on the ground. "It's more likely we'll see more fires like this at low elevation" because of heavy grass and brush.

State firefighting mobilization was approved for a wildfire in Chelan County that quickly grew to almost 4,400 acres Monday night, Washington Emergency Management said.

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A total of 100 firefighters are fighting the Alcoa fire in Chelan County Monday night. Firefighters plan to use existing roads, dozer lines and water drops to limit the spread of the fire in the area.

Level one evacuations are in place from the Columbia River to milepost 10 along the Palisade Road corridor. There are no other reported closures.

About 160 firefighters are working to quell the Spartan Fire, which has swelled to about 4,500 acres, said Holly Krake, the information officer for the fire's incident management team. About 50 homes are under level 2 evacuation because of that fire.

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Residents are under evacuation orders due to lighting-sparked fires that are burning in four different Washington state counties.

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