SPOKANE, Wash. — Windy conditions around the Inland Northwest helped spread more than a dozen wildfires over Labor Day weekend. Hundreds of thousands of acres are still burning on Tuesday, Sept. 15.
Tens of thousands of acres are also burning in North Idaho from at least seven wildfires.
Air quality in Spokane is sitting in the hazardous range for the fourth day in a row due to wildfire smoke from California and Oregon.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has declared a statewide emergency due to the ongoing wildfires burning across the state. He has also issued a proclamation that will allow people impacted by the wildfires to get financial assistance.
The funds will be provided through the DSHS' Family Emergency Assistance Program, which has been expanded to also serve individuals and waive the one-time distribution limitation.
Here's what you need to know right now:
These are several rural roadways closed in eastern Washington due to fire activity. WSDOT has the latest.
The state of Washington closed all land managed by the Department of Natural Resources east of the Cascades for recreation due to fire danger through at least Thursday, Sept. 17.
Scroll down for a list of all of the fires burning in eastern Washington and North Idaho, and the latest information about acreage, containment and evacuation notices.
Fires in eastern Washington
Babb/Malden, Manning and Wawawai Fires
Significant damage to towns of Malden, Pine City
- Approximately 80% of buildings destroyed in rural Whitman County town of Malden
- Of 20 homes in Pine City, only eight are still standing
- 223 structures destroyed by Babb/Malden and Colfax Fires; 121 of those are homes
- 4 homes also damaged in Babb/Malden Fire
- Babb/Malden Fire: : 15,266 acres, 90% contained
- Manning Fire: 2,685 acres, 90% contained
- Wawawai Fire: 300 acres, 100% contained
- Pine City-Malden Road is closed from the west side of Pine City to the east side of Malden.
- St. John, Sunset, Thornton, and Ewan are under Level 1 evacuations.
- One firefighter suffered minor injuries while working on the fireline of the Manning Fire. The firefighter was treated on scene and taken to a hospital in Colfax
- Burning 127,430 acres near Davenport, 95% contained
- A powerline sparked the fire
- Located in Lincoln County between Davenport and Creston to the north, and Harrington and Odessa to the south
- Crews hope to have the fire contained by Monday, Sept. 21
- Northwest Incident Management Team 10 will be transferring management of the fire back to the local agencies at 8:00 am Thursday
- All evacuations have been lowered to a Level 1
- Burning timber, brush, grass and crops
- At least four homes have burned down, unknown number of outbuilding burned
- Crews are working to store powerlines and poles throughout the burn area.
Cold Springs Fire
- Burning approximately 189,923 acres near Omak, 95% contained
- A one-year-old child has passed away and two adults are severely burned in the fire. Okanogan County Sheriff Tony Hawley said search-and-rescue crews found the couple, a man and a woman, and the child in an area near the Columbia River. He said the two adults have "severe burns" and were airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
- Nearly 80 homes, 60 other structures destroyed or damaged
- Columbia River Road remains closed.
- All evacuations have been lifted. The latest information is available on the Okanogan County Emergency Management website.
- Several structures and outbuildings lost
- Cause unknown
- Donation centers in the area are now full and items are being distributed. Monetary donations can be made to LIHEAP @ 509-634-2857
Pearl Hill Fire
- Burning 223,730 acres nine miles east of Bridgeport, Washington, 94% contained
- Crews hope to have it contained by Wednesday, Sept. 16.
- Started when the Cold Springs Fire in Okanogan County spotted across the Columbia River on Labor Day
- Evacuations issued and structures threatened
- Incident was split off from Cold Springs Fire
Inchelium Complex Fire
- Three fires in Inchelium, Washington, burning 19,399 and 78% contained
- Thirteen structures damaged in the fires
- Road Closures: The Seyler Valley Road north of Bridge Creek is closed, and Hall Creek Road is closed. Bridge Creek Road is open
- As of 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, all Level 2 Evacuations around the Inchelium Complex fires were reduced to Level 1 Evacuations.
- Fry Fire near Moon Mountain has burned 482 acres. A Level 1 evacuation is in effect for residents living near Twin Lakes and Meteor Road including North and South Twin.
- Inchelium Highway Fire is burning near Hall Creek. This fire has burned 7,120 acres. A Level 1 evacuation is in effect for residents near Hall Creek Road and Seyler Valley Road.
- Kewa Field Fire has burned 11,797 acres. A Level 1 Evacuation remains in effect in the vicinity of the southwest flank of Kewa Fields Fire in the proximity of Wilmont Creek Road, and the area extending two miles north of Stray Dog Canyon, and within Stray Dog Canyon.
- Fire crews hope to have full containment of the fire by Monday, September 21 approx. at 12:00 a.m.
Evans Canyon Fire
- Burning 75,817 acres near Naches, Washington, in Yakima County, 90% contained
- Highway 821 (Yakima Canyon Hwy), the Yakima River, boat ramps, and Yakima River Canyon campgrounds will open at 6 a.m. on Wednesday at 6 AM. BBQ Flats and Wenas recreation areas along with parts of North Wenas Road, Sheep Company Road, Naches Wenas Road, and Longmire Road remain closed.
- Existing Yakima and Kittitas County Level 2 and 3 evacuations remain unchanged
- Cause known
Euclid Track Fire
- Burning 260 acres near Northern Quest Resort and Casino
- 100% contained
- All evacuations lifted by Spokane Fire District 10
- Six structures lost
- Over 1,000 feet of hose was damaged on this fire during initial attach efforts
- Crews will patrol area for coming weeks
Christensen Road Fire
- Burned in area west of Fairchild Air Force Base, near Highway 2 and South Christensen Road
- 100% contained
- Fire burned 80 acres and destroyed seven structures with another damaged, 20 structures were saved and no lives lost
- Crews will patrol area for coming weeks
Beverly Burke Fire
- Burning 2,000 acres seven miles southeast of Vantage
- Structures threatened; road and area closures
- The Grant County Sheriff's Office has issued Level 1 evacuations for Beverly, Shwana and Wannapum Village.
Customs Road Fire
- Burning 2,208 acres one mile west of Curlew, 60% contained
- 11 structures destroyed
- Level 1 Evacuations are in place for Cummings Creek Road and all roads attached, Big Horn Road, Hudson Lane, Justice Lane, James Lane, Spiering Road, Coralee Loop, Eagle Feather Road, Cottonwood Creek Road, Graves Road and all roads attached, Rowton Roost Road Honey Suckle Road, Graves Spur Road
- Cause is under investigation
Apple Acres Fire
- Burning 5,500 acres 3 miles northeast of Chelan, Washington, 99% contained
Manning Road Fire
- Burning: 2,685 acres northeast of Colfax, 90% contained
- Evacuation notices issued, structures threatened
- Five structures were destroyed
- 4 miles east of Tonasket
- Burning 20 acres
- Structures threatened
Fires in North Idaho
- A fire has burned 22 acres at Heyburn State Park.
- The Coeur d'Alene Tribe closed the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes from the Plummer trailhead to the Heyburn State Park trailhead.
- The Cliff Fire is 75% contained as of Wednesday morning.
Hunter 2 Fire
- Fire near Blanchard burning more than 740 acres
- 100% contained
- Four homes were destroyed and an unconfirmed number of other structures burned on the first day.
- The fire crossed Highway 41 to the area of the Stoneridge Golf Course.
- At 6:00 p.m. Tuesday the west side of Hwy 41 opened, as well as restrictions and evacuations lifted for all areas west of Hwy 41 to the Washington state line.
- Speed limit reduced to 35 mph on Hwy 41, between Blanchard-Elk Rd and Saunders Rd, due to reduced visibility and firefighters actively working alongside the highway. Please use caution. All road closures and evacuations east of Hwy 41 will remain in effect.
- Kootenai County Sheriff's Office confirmed one of its deputies lost his home in the fire this week. Anchored Coffee in Coeur d'Alene is accepting donations for the family and New York Pizza is conducting a fundraiser on Thursday.
- Complex covers the Clover Fire, the MM 49 Fire and the Iron Gate Fire
- Fires are 100% contained story
- Fire burning an 1,375 acres near the south end of Lake Pend Oreille and is 75% contained
- It's believed that the fire is human caused but is under investigation
- Burning in steep terrain near Bernard Point, overlooking Echo Bay
- Rockslide on cliff face below Bernard Peak dropping rocks and boulders into the lake, putting those near the shoreline at risk of injury or death
- Type 1 Chinook helicopter continues to dip water from Echo Bay for bucket drops.
- Private property, structures, and infrastructure at Gold Creek Lodge and the Lakeview community are threatened.
- To protect firefighter and public safety, area closures are still in effect in the vicinity of the Bernard Fire, including all of Bernard Peak Trail #37 from the trailhead at Farragut State Park.
- Evacuations remain in place for the Dusty Fire at Dusty Lane subdivision south of the town of Emida.
- The fire is currently burning 15 acres with heavy equipment on the scene.
- The fire is 20% contained
- Burning 1,660 acres approximately 9 miles west of Troy, Montana
- 40% contained
- Crews hope to have it contained by Saturday, Oct. 31
- Detected on Tuesday, Sept. 8
- Cause under investigation
- An area, trail and road closure order is in effect for National Forest System lands on the Three Rivers Ranger District, Kootenai National Forest. Road Closures include NFSR 427 (Callahan Creek Road) from the junction with NFSR 4478 (Ruby Three Mile Road); NFSR 14390 (Snowstorm Road); NFSR 414 (South Fork Callahan Creek Road); NFSR 4554 (Goat Creek Road); NFSR 4530 (Smith Mountain Road); and NFSR 4541 (Glad Creek Road). The closure area is bounded by, but does include closure of, NFSR 4478 (Ruby Three Mile) north to NFSR 4477 (Brush Creek Cutoff) then west to NFSR 582 (Ruby Creek). Trail closures include Trail 152 (Goat Creek); Trail 154 (South Fork Callahan); Trail 155 (Smith Mountain); Trail 156 (Smith Lake); Trail 407 (Roberts Mountain); Trail 410 (Caribou Creek); and Trail 548 (North Fork Callahan).