Hundreds battle fire on reservation


August 7, 2019

Homes in the distance on the south side of Lake Roosevelt near Keller Ferry are dwarfed by the massive cloud of smoke in the far distance from the Williams Flats Fire on the other side of the lake several miles away Friday night. - Scott Hunter photo

A fire burning on the Colville Indian Reservation, upstream from the Keller Ferry in the Hellgate Game Reserve area has scorched 18,000 acres and was 25 percent contained, as of Tuesday night, as firefighters have contended with snakes, bears and smoke too thick for airplanes to help.

The Williams Flats Fire started Aug. 2, after a band of early morning thunderstorms with lightning moved across the eastern portion of the Colville Indian Reservation, according to Inciweb, a government-run incident information system.

The fire was burning south of Silver Creek Road, within the game reserve,...

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