As of early morning Friday, Sept. 18, several fires burning across the state have been completely contained and others are near containment. The fires have destroyed homes, forced evacuations and taken a toll on human life. Air quality worsened by wildfire smoke remains unhealthy, but it is expected to improve as a weather system bringing cool air and showers moves into the region this morning. Since most of the blazes started around Labor Day, more than 810,000 acres have been consumed, an area more than two-thirds the size of what was burned during the record-breaking season of 2015.

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Fires considered contained

  • Babb fire (started Sept. 7), north of Colfax: Burned at least 15,266 acres of grass, brush and timber. The fire has destroyed much of the town of Malden, including 121 homes and 94 other structures.
  • Manning Road fire (started Sept. 7), northeast of Colfax: Burned at least 2,685 acres of grass, brush and timber.
  • Evans Canyon fire (started Aug. 31), northwest of Naches: Burned at least 75,817 acres of timber, grass and brush.
  • Customs Road fire (started Sept 7): The fire is considered 100% contained as of Thursday. It started Sept. 7 and burned 2,208 acres of timber and brush northwest of Curlew.
  • Jungle Creek fire: 588 acres

Active fires

  • Pearl Hill fire (started Sept. 7 when it split off from the Cold Springs fire), east of Bridgeport: 223,730 acres of grass and brush (unchanged since Thursday), 94% contained, minimal fire behavior. Road and area closures in effect.
  • Cold Springs fire (started Sept. 6), south of Omak: 189,923 acres of grass and brush (331 more than Thursday), 85% contained, minimal fire behavior. Multiple structures have been lost and evacuations notices and road, trail and area closures are in effect. A 1-year-old boy died and his parents were severely burned while fleeing the fire in Okanogan County.
  • Whitney fire (started Sept. 7), northwest of Davenport: 127,430 acres of grass, brush and timber (unchanged since Thursday), 95% contained, minimal fire behavior. Structures threatened.
  • Big Hollow (started Sept. 8), northwest of Carson: 24,309 acres of timber and slash (1,336 more than Thursday), 25% completed, minimal fire behavior. Structures threatened. Evacuation notices and road, trail and area closures in effect.
  • Inchelium Complex encompassing the Fry, Inchelium Highway and Kewa Field fires (started Sept. 7), north of Inchelium: 19,005 acres of grass, brush and timber (same as Thursday), 67% contained, active fire behavior. Structures threatened. Evacuation notices in effect.
  • Apple Acres (started Sept. 7), northeast of Chelan: 5,500 acres of grass, timber and brush (273 fewer than Tuesday afternoon), 99% contained, minimal fire behavior.
  • Sumner Grade fire (started Sept. 7), northeast of Waller: 494 acres of grass, brush and timber, 95% contained, minimal fire behavior.
  • Downey Creek fire: 2,570 acres
  • Chikamin: 1,685 acres. 97% contained.
  • Fish fire (started Sept. 8 by humans), east of Enumclaw: 132 acres of timber (unchanged since Thursday), 75% contained, minimal fire behavior. Road closures in effect.
  • Cold Creek fire (started Sept. 14), west of Yakima: 400 acres of timber (148 more than Thursday), 5% contained, active fire behavior. Structures threatened. Road, trail and area closures in effect.

Sources: Northwest Interagency Coordination Center, inciweb.nwcg.gov, fireinfo.dnr.wa.gov. Map by Mark Nowlin, Seattle Times staff artist