‘Get out now’ evacuations issued in Cusick with 3,500 acre wildfire growing

Sep 2, 2022, 9:53 AM | Updated: 11:10 am


(Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

(Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

What started as an estimated 30-acre fire Wednesday night has grown over the last few days, and now evacuations of campgrounds are taking place nearby as the 3,500-acre wildfire in Boulder Mountain in Cusick, Wash. continues to grow.

The fire, started by lightning igniting dry brush and now making its way into the timberline, has grown from 3,000 acres as of Thursday evening, and early morning estimates it to be around 3,500 acres at the time of publishing.

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According to the Washington Department of Natural Resources, Level 3 evacuations are in place west of Highway 20 near Locke, advising vacationing campers and residents to evacuate the 16-square mile area west of Tacoma Road as soon as possible.

Tacoma Road has been closed to the public as crews battle the flames.

According to the U.S. Forest Service, 15 fires were reported across northeast Washington following lightning strikes in the region. Many of them were contained quickly thanks to quick response times. However, two fires continue to burn and pose risk to the area.

KREM-TV reports no air support has been scheduled at this time, and DNR says additional resources are on their way.

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‘Get out now’ evacuations issued in Cusick with 3,500 acre wildfire growing