People of Northwest Public Radio
Mon August 18, 2014
Firefighters Cautiously Optimistic in Wash.
Firefighters are cautiously optimistic as they make progress on the largest wildfires burning in Washington state.
The Chiwaukum Creek Complex fires near Leavenworth are now 70 percent contained.
Tim Johnson is a fire official with the Chiwaukum Complex fires. In the last two days, Johnson said there has been some good news for homeowners.
"All of the evacuation levels connected with our fire are now at one or none," Johnson said. "One just tells everybody to be ready, two is just have the stuff by the front door and get ready to get cracking, and three is drive down the road, and we have nothing above a one on our fires at the present time."
Meanwhile, firefighters have managed to contain 60 percent of the Devil's Elbow Complex fire near the Colville Reservation outside Spokane. Officials will look into lowering evacuation warnings there after a dry, cold front moves through Tuesday.
The largest wildfire in the state, the Carlton Complex in Okanagan county, is about 95 percent contained. Only two smaller fires there remain under 40 percent containment.
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Fire Season Calms