Large fires burned up to 150 acres in Mason County and 700 acres in Spokane County late Friday.
A large wildfire in rural Mason County destroyed at least eight homes while another fire in Spokane County grew to a square mile Friday evening, emergency officials said.
Residents and livestock near West Deckerville Road in Mason County were evacuated from the area of the fire, which grew to about 150 acres, according to Mason County Emergency Communications. Several emergency agencies, including three helicopters, responded to the fire, which is west of Matlock.
By Saturday afternoon, the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reported the fire was 25 percent contained.
All of West Deckerville Road up to West Beeville Loop Road was being evacuated late Friday, an area that included West Frisken Y Road, West Homer Adams Road, West Lucas Lane, West Ford Road and West Maple Rock Road.
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Residents were advised to avoid the area. About 80 customers were affected by an emergency power outage so crews could respond to the fire, according to the Mason County Public Utility District. Power was back by late Friday.
The Red Cross opened a shelter at Matlock Community Church for anyone displaced by the fire.
On Saturday morning, Deckerville Road was closed to through-traffic from the Grays Harbor County line to Deckerville Cutoff and Ford Road at Beeville Loop. Residents can get through in some areas.
Another fire near Long Lake, Spokane County, increased from 200 to 700 acres, the DNR reported late Friday. Residents between Long Lake Road and Spokane River were evacuated.
By Saturday morning, DNR reported the fire was down to 425 acres and 90 percent contained.
The department had said Friday that weather conditions present “explosive potential for wildfire throughout the state.”
The National Weather Service issued a red-flag warning for much of Western Washington, effective through Saturday night. That warning means conditions could lead to a major fire.
There are 13 other wildfires in the state, according to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center.
Holden Village and Holden Mine Remediation were evacuated Friday night due to the Wolverine Creek Fire in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest that grew to about 4,000 acres overnight, the U.S. Forest Service said Saturday.
Although there was no immediate threat to Holden Village, there is concern that its evacuation route could be compromised if the fire should continue its momentum to the south. Holden is home to about 350 residents and mine-remediation workers.