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Evacuation orders lifted, downgraded to Level 1 for fire burning near Highway 195

A Level 1 order is now in place from Mullen Hill MHP on the North to Excelsior Road on the South and between SR195 on the East and 100 W Gibbs Rd on the west.

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. — A brush and grass fire has been reported in the median of SR 195 north of Excelsior Road. This was reported to be a second alarm brush fire and was currently burning 20 acres. Overnight crews report shrinkage to the fire.

According to a tweet by Washington State Patrol District (WSP) 4, the fire was rapidly moving and fire crews are at the area actively working to fight the fire. In an update from the Spokane County Fire District, 

Fire District 3 has completed all work with the brush fire only on the east on SR 195. 

Most evacuation orders have been lifted for the fire burning near Highway 195.

Evacuations have downgraded down to Level 1, according to SREC. Residents living between Mullen Hill MHP on the North to Excelsior Road on the South and between SR195 on the East and 100 W Gibbs Rd on the west, should prepare to leave, according to SREC.

A tweet from the WSP District 4 Twitter says both northbound lanes are open, one southbound lane is still closed to traffic.

Hatch Road, which runs parallel to 195 is still closed. Drivers are asked to use Cedar Road as a detour.

The Red Cross is setting up a shelter for evacuated residents at Jefferson Elementary at 123 E 37th St. This shelter is expected to be open at 6 p.m. today.

Evacuated residents looking for a place to keep their livestock can go to the Cheney Rodeo (509-235-4848), Spokane Equestrian Center (509-993-7058), and the Spokane County Fairgrounds.

This is a developing story and will be updated as soon as more information is available.

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