Eastern Washington Wildfire Forces Town Evacuation

ADAMS COUNTY, WA — Firefighters from across the state mobilized Thursday to help fight a fast-growing wildfire in Adams County burning near the town of Lind, about 75 miles southwest of Spokane. The state Fire Marshal’s Office authorized state mobilization at the request of the Adams County fire chief as the fire grew to approximately 2,000 acres.

The fire quickly prompted evacuation orders for Lind’s 500 residents, and the Adams County Sheriff’s Office said at least 10 homes had burned by 1:30 p.m. Officials said more homes, crops and other infrastructure were potentially in the fire’s path. The flames also closed both directions of Highway 395, which reopened at 2 p.m., but transportation officials encouraged drivers to continue avoiding the area if possible.

In an update shared later in the afternoon, the Adam’s County Sheriff’s Office said two planes and one helicopter had joined the firefighting effort and the Red Cross was stationed at Ritzville Elementary School to assist displaced families. KXLY reported some evacuations were lifted late Thursday afternoon.

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The fire’s cause is under investigation. On Wednesday, the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center said lightning and above-average temperatures together helped spark five large wildfires in recent days, including the Vantage Highway Fire in Kittitas County and four others in Oregon. The Cow Canyon Fire, also burning in Kittitas County, burned 5,600 acres by Thursday afternoon.

State mobilization was also authorized for the Williams Lake Fire, burning roughly 32 miles south of Spokane, which burned at least two structures and prompted evacuations for dozens of homes.

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More updates on the fire near Lind will be posted on the Adams County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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