Below is an earlier version of this report.
The gusting wind overnight may have brought lower temperatures and cleared out the smoky shroud that clung to the Spokane area, but it fanned the flames of several regional fires, forcing new evacuations as flames jumped roads and rivers. - On Friday night the town of Chelan was surrounded by flames. Five small lighting fires grew into the Reach Fire. It burned into South Chelan, jumped the Columbia River and continued spreading into Douglas County. The Reach Fire is estimated at 2,000 acres and several other smaller fires are included in the Reach Complex. The Wenatchee World is reporting that an estimated 100 structures have burned, including homes and cabins. Residents of over 1,000 homes have been told to evacuate. Commercial structures and the Chelan Airport are also threatened. The Chelan County PUD is reporting that over 30 power poles have burned and about 9,000 homes are without power. Chelan County Emergency Management is reporting that the Chelan Hospital has been evacuated, but the emergency room remains open. - The Lawyer Complex in Idaho spread to the east Friday evening and burned down to the edge of the Clearwater River directly across from downtown Kamiah. The lightning caused fire is estimated at 16,281 acres and an unconfirmed number of structures burned Friday. The Lewiston Tribune is reporting that at least 30 homes and 75 outbuildings have burned and one woman has died after sustaining a head injury while evacuating. - Wind pushed the Parker Ridge Fire north of Bonners Ferry across Westside Road and the Kootenai River last night, growing by more than 4,000 acres in one day. It’s size is now estimated at 6,500 acres. An outbuilding was lost and several homes are threatened. - The Stickpin Fire on the Kettle Crest south of Profanity Peak in Ferry County also grew significantly, jumping Boulder Deer Road. The 20,000 acre fire is in rugged terrain with limited access. Residents on Long Alec Creek Road and Boulder Creek Road have been told to evacuate and residents in the Danville Area have been told to prepare for evacuation. - The Nine Mile Fire three miles west of Oroville has burned over 4,600 acres and has spread into British Columbia. Structures have burned but it has not been confirmed if they were homes. The fire is 30 percent contained. - The Tower Fire burning on the Washington-Idaho border north of Newport is now estimated at between 2,000 and 3,000 acres. The South Baldy Lookout Tower is threatened. - The Not Creative Fire grew to 120 acres south of I-90 near Rose Lake. Firefighters attempted to put a line around the fire with a bulldozer, but the fire jumped the west line. I-90 is not closed and drivers are being urged not to slow down to get a look at the fire.
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