By Cary Rosenbaum
OMAK - The St. Mary's Mission Road Fire may be listed at 0 percent containment, but the number is not a true reflection of how 'contained' the really fire is, officials said Thursday.
"We don't think it's going to continue to move and our fire lines are looking good," spokesman Mark Grassel said. "But with the wind, there's no telling what can happen."
Around 11 a.m., Grassel said the wind was around 7 mph. But by noon, he was noting an increase up to 15 mph.
Hot spots remain the primary concern inside the fire right now, he said.
"After today, we'll have a better idea of containment," Grassel said.
Division M and P fire teams are located on the northwest section of the fire near Omak doing black lining from Columbia River Road to tie the fire into the road edge, he said.
Fire teams A and B are going from state Highway 155 to the eastern shore of Omak Lake, holding the fire line in the French Valley area, Grassel said.
And the Division G and J teams are doing burn-outs on lines established along the western shore of Omak Lake to further secure the control lines, he said.
Level 3 evacuations remain for the next two days at Paschal Sherman Indian School and for residents near St. Mary's Mission, just off North Omak Lake Road.
Residents near Haley Creek, Kartar Valley and Timentwa Flats are under Level 1.
Fire officials shored in the fire size Thursday to 4,900 acres. On Wednesday, it was estimated at 5,000 acres.
Two homes and eight structures have been destroyed.
Crews will be working to contain fire within orange area shown in map