Williams flats

Smoke filters up through trees on the Williams Flats Fire.

KELLER – The Williams Flats Fire, southeast of town, had burned across 44,515 acres of land as of Monday morning, Aug. 19.

Because the fire is large and covers very rugged terrain, fire officials continue to emphasize firefighter safety.

Fire line construction was the focus Monday in the northeast section, while the western section is in patrol status and the southern area is in mop-up. Suppression repair is continuing in the western and southern sections, said officials with the Type 3 Northeast Washington Interagency Incident Management Team.

Some areas within the fire’s interior remain unburned and will continue to burn.

The blaze began Aug. 2 after a band of early morning thunderstorms with lightning moved across the eastern portion of the Colville Indian Reservation.

As of Monday, there were 500 people assigned to the fire, which was 87 percent contained.

Level 1 (be aware) evacuation notices remain in place for areas south of Four Corners and on or near the Lake Roosevelt shoreline along Ninemile-Hellgate Road.

Some areas of Kuehne Road have limited access.

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