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Saturday, November 16, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Spokane sees smoke from wildfire on Colville Reservation

UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 3, 2019

A fire on the Colville Indian Reservation hear Keller could send smoke into the Spokane area on Saturday. (The Northwest Interagency Coordination Center)
A fire on the Colville Indian Reservation hear Keller could send smoke into the Spokane area on Saturday. (The Northwest Interagency Coordination Center)
From staff reports

A fire on the Colville Indian Reservation near Keller sent smoke into the Spokane area on Saturday night.

The Williams Flats Fire started Friday as a result of a lightning storm, according to a news release from the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center.

About 5,640 acres of grass and brush have burned, and the fire was zero percent contained as of 5 p.m. Saturday.

Spokane was hit with some of that smoke. According to Air Now, the air quality Saturday night in Spokane was “moderate,” but “unhealthy” on the Spokane Indian Reservation.

“The morning hours might be a little hazy,” said Joey Clevenger, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Spokane. “It might not be too drastic for air quality.”

The fire drew a response from 64 firefighters and six helicopters, according to the news release.

Crews are digging lines along the west and east perimeter of the fire, which threatens 20 homes, according to the news release.

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