Apache Pass Fire burns 18,000 acres in two days

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on September 11, 2012 at 6:53 AM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 11 at 7:00 AM

There is a 18,000 acre wildfire that firefighters are calling the Apache Pass Fire burning near Creston, Washington.

It started Sunday afternoon 17 miles southwest of the town, located 57 miles west of Spokane on Highway 2. The fire is 15 percent contained.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office began notifying residences of Level 2 evacuation notices. Residents north of Coffee Pot Road, west of Highline, and south of Swanson School Road, west of Seven Springs Dairy Road, are affected at this time.

Multiple aircraft are assisting ground crews as the Apache Pass Fire feeds off of tall sage and heavy grass.

More than 100 firefighters are working to protect structures and create a fire line.

Strong gusty winds pushed the fire northeast on Monday, helping it grow approximately 8,000 acres.

Growth potential for the Apache Pass Fire is high, but winds are expected to die down Tuesday.

No injuries have been reported and no roads are closed at this time.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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