Fire nearly doubles in a day


The St. Mary’s Mission Road Fire had consumed 9,655 acres by 2 p.m. Friday, but was 15 percent contained, an update from fire authorities said Friday.

Saturday at 10 a.m. those evacuated from homes near Paschal Sherman Indian School will be able to return, but advised to be ready to leave again, their evacuation levels officially reduced a level for Level 3 to 2. The same goes for the school, around which fire fighters were mopping up Friday.

“Be aware,” an information update said, “there may be possible road blocks due to temporary flare ups. With proof of residency, this will allow local residents and school staff access to their homes and the school. The Paschal Sherman Indian School will remain closed through Monday, October 8. Further closure information will be determined by Sunday, October 9, at 4:00 p.m.

“Currently, there are Level 1 evacuations for residents near Haley Creek, Kartar Valley, and Timentwa Flats. Paschal Sherman Indian School is closed for the remainder of the week.

“Road Closures: Mission Road will remain closed until the fire activity in the area is deemed safe, and Columbia River Road continues to be closed south of Cameron Lake Cut Off Road to Omak Lake Road. Highway 155 remains opened.”

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