Slow Growth of Nakia Creek Fire With More Containment
The battle against the Nakia Creek Fire in eastern Clark County continues as firefighters look forward to cooler temperatures allowing them to get the upper hand on the blaze. The blaze forced about 3,000 residents to leave their homes on Sunday and the Larch Corrections Center, a prison was evacuated as well.
Evacuation levels remain the same. Currently the fire is 1869 acres at 12% containment.
The Nakia Creek Fire in eastern Clark County continues to burn and threaten nearby Camas. The blaze forced about 3,000 residents to leave their homes on Sunday and the Larch Corrections Center, a prison was evacuated as well. About 240 inmates were moved to temporary housing at other prisons.
Some roads are now open as restrictions are eased
But some roads have reopened and evacuation zones shrank Monday as firefighters battle the flames along with gusty winds.
At last check the fire has burned 1,565 acres or about 2.5 square miles. Fire officials are expected to gain the upper hand on the fire as the weather changes Tuesday and Wednesday. No injuries have been reported and no structures have burned even though many were threatened by the fire.
Authorities are looking to speak to a driver who was near when the fire started
The Nakia Creek Fire is burning in brush and timber. No word on how the blaze started but authorities say they're looking for a light colored Subaru spotted on a video on October 9 when the fire started. Authorities believe the fire was "human-caused" but so far no cause has been found. See the picture above.
Lots of help on site for local residents
The American Red Cross has opened shelters in the area and more crews arrived to fight the fire on Monday. Firefighters are hoping for cooler weather later in the week with the possibility of rain on Friday.
While forest lands in the state aren't under the fire danger they were during the summer months officials say many areas are still dry and prone to wildfire.