As of Monday, July 28, 2014
A wildfire is threatening the town, which was placed under Level 3 evacuation status (the highest) Monday evening.
The Road C Fire started about 3:30 p.m. Monday. The cause is unknown, officials said.
Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized state mobilization at 6 p.m. at the request of Douglas County Fire District No. 5.
Mobilization specialists from the state Fire Protection Bureau are ordering five wildland task forces, two bulldozers and two helicopters to supplement the resources already fighting the fire.
The state Emergency Operations Center at Camp Murray continues to be activated to Phase III, to coordinate state assistance for the Road C Fire. Personnel from the Office of the State Fire Marshal are on scene providing resource coordination and administrative oversight, with other personnel staffing the State EOC.
At the same time, Batiste also authorized mobilization of state firefighting resources for a fire in Spokane. The fire has burned about 10 acres of land in a residential area. There are about 20 homes threatened by the fire, which is burning in terrain inaccessible to fire crews.
Mobilization was ordered earlier this month for the Carlton Complex fires, which joined into one fire and has burned across more than 250,000 acres in Okanogan County.
Approximately 300 homes have burned county wide, including more than 70 in the Pateros-Alta Lake community alone.