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New Level 2 Evacuation notice issued along highway 155 from agency to mission

Keller highway closed

A Level 2 notice to evacuate, meaning be ready, has been issued for the SR-155 corridor from the Colville Agency at the Columbia River Road to Nespelem to the Mission turnoff.

The notice was issued at 9:18 p.m. Saturday due to the advance of the Whitmore Fire north and east from the Kartar Valley.

In addition, the Washington State Patrol reported at 9:34 p.m. that SR-21 is closed at Keller due to wildfire, from MP 117 to MP123.5. WSP said residents are being evacuated immediately (level 3) by the Colville Tribes.

The SR-155 Level 2 notice includes:

• Town Of Nespelem

• Summit Lake Scout Camp Road

• Camp Progress Road

• D-Rez Loop Road

• Ranger Station Road

• Jim Creek Road

• Desautel Access Road

• Camp Six Road

• Dutch Anderson Road

• Haley Creek Road

• Rondeau Road

• Smitkin Drive

• North End Omak Lake Road.

Persons should be aware of their surroundings and take action if needed.

You MUST be prepared to leave at a moments notice.

This may be the only notice you receive.

DO NOT wait for door to door notification, take action if needed.

An Evacuation Shelter has been set up at the Paschal Sherman Indian School at 169 North End Omak Lake Rd, Omak, WA.

Animals displaced by the Whitmore Fire can be sheltered at the Nespelem Rodeo Grounds, Schoolhouse Loop Road, Nespelem, WA.

Call (509) 634-2472 with all evacuation questions.

Road Closures:

Coyote Creek Road is closed.

Columbia River Road is closed.

All side roads south of SR155 are closed to through traffic from Nespelem.

Whitmore Fire information line: 509-557-0063


Level 1 Advisory

Level 2 Be Ready

Level 3 Immediate Evacuation


Reader Comments(1)


Washington's three fire evacuation levels are reminiscent of a race: Level One means to get ready, Level Two means to get set, and Level Three means it's time to go.

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