Fire north of Reardan grows to 3,600 acres
The Angel Springs fire in Lincoln County has grown to more than 3,600 acres with mandatory evacuations in place for several surrounding areas.
Evacuations were raised to level three – meaning people should evacuate immediately – for residents in the Mill Canyon, Bald Ridge, Bull Run and Little Falls Dam areas, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
The fire, which is burning seven miles northeast of Davenport, is continuing to spread due to strong winds and low humidity, according to the Washington State Patrol.
The fire was caused by a combine that caught fire in a wheat field, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
Firefighters from Lincoln County Fire Districts 4 and 5, Washington State Department of Natural Resources and federal, state and local agencies as well as multiple aircraft are assisting with fire suppression, according to the Washington State Patrol.
There’s more than 135 fire personnel assigned to the fire with 15 fire engines, three hand crews, two water tenders and two dozers at the scene.
The fire – which is 80 percent lined and zero percent contained as of Friday afternoon – is threatening homes, crops and infrastructure. It has spread to parts of nearby Tolstoy Farms, an organic farming community on Mill Canyon Road.
“The fire came right up to one guy’s house,” said Diane Reuter, a Tolstoy Farms resident. “The police wouldn’t let him grab anything. It was pretty extreme and is still a danger.”
Reuter said Friday morning the community is evacuating the area.
“Our cars are packed and ready to go,” she said.
The Lincoln County Fairgrounds are open to provide shelter for evacuated residents, pets and livestock.
One structure was destroyed in the fire and six are threatened, according to the sheriff’s office.
Additional resources are en route to assist with containment from around the state, according to the Northeast Washington Type Incident Management Team.
Firefighters and fire protection aircraft are providing structure protection to residences. Fire crews are receiving assistance from local farmers to establish containment lines through utilization of their equipment, according to the Washington State Patrol.