Spokane Wildfire Destroys Homes, Forces Evacuations

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a wildfire that has burned some homes west of Spokane, Washington, doubled in size overnight as it raged uncontained.

The fire near Davenport in Lincoln County had scorched more than nine square miles by Monday morning and destroyed at least six homes. That’s according to the state Department of Natural Resources. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office says 11 structures have been destroyed, a figure that include homes, garages and outbuildings.

Meanwhile, people in the community of Wellpinit on the Spokane Indian Reservation have been told to evacuate. The town also lost power, making the battle by firefighters more difficult.

Authorities tell TV station KREM that the blaze has jumped the Spokane River and is charring tribal land. They said the fire is threatening homes and timber.

Two other wildfires are burning in the Spokane region, also causing evacuations and destroying an unknown number of buildings.

Residents evacuating from a Beacon Hill-area fire on Spokane’s northeast end, where a blaze had scorched 250 acres by Sunday evening, met other homeowners trying to get into their properties, only to be met with roadblocks. Many were left wondering if their homes would be spared.

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