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"Elmer City Fire" burns nearly 2,000 acres north of town


A photo of the burned area, from the Type 3 Interagency Management Team, shows Rebecca Lake in the distance.

A fire about 4.7 miles North of Elmer City burned approximately 1,979 acres Sunday, calling out 100 firefighters and nine aircraft and prompting the evacuation of 250 residents.

The fire around the Rebecca Lake area, the cause of which is still under investigation, started at about 3:47 p.m., according to a press release Monday from the Colville Tribes Department of Natural Resources. A fire map shows the point of origin close to SR-155 and indicates it was stopped at Buffalo Lake Road.

"The firefighters dealt with a wind-driven fire fueled by grass, sage, and bitter brush. A combination o...

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