Washington city told to leave due to wildfire, 10 homes lost

Lind, Wash. (AP) – The entire eastern Washington city was being evacuated Thursday because of rising wildfires south of the city that were burning homes, officials said.

Around 1:30 pm. On Thursday, the Adams County Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook that about 10 homes in Lind had burned down.

“At this time all residents of the City of Lind need to be evacuated immediately,” the sheriff’s office said in the post, adding that people can attend the Ritzville Grade School.

KREM-TV reported that officials with the Washington Department of Natural Resources said Thursday they expected the fire to pass through the city. The Washington State Patrol was helping with the evacuation.

A spokesperson of the State Patrol gave this information on Twitter at around 1 pm. State Route 21, heading west on State Route 395, was closed to wildfire activity in that area.

Lind, with a population of about 500 people, is located about 75 miles (121 km) southwest of Spokane.

The new fire was one of several that spread around Washington this week.

A fire in Spokane’s southwest that began on Wednesday burned at least two structures and officials there were asking dozens of homes for people to evacuate. The state Department of Natural Resources said Thursday that the Williams Lake Fire had grown to 5 square miles (10.3 square kilometers) and was less than 10%.

Spokane County Fire District #3 Chief Cody Rorback said two structures were destroyed. It was not immediately known whether they were the primary residence, or were actively in use. Williams Lake is approximately 32 miles (51.5 kilometers) south of Spokane.

The Cow Valley fire, about 12 miles (19.3 kilometers) southwest of Ellensburgh, was also threatening structures and prompting mandatory evacuations after it began Wednesday afternoon.

As the Seattle Times reports, that fire prompted emergency evacuation notices for about 50 homes or structures 10 miles north of Naches. By Thursday morning the fire had grown to 8.75 square miles (22.6 square kilometers).

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