Evacuation Area Shrank Near Southwest Washington Fire

October 18, 2022

Some roads reopened and evacuation zones shrank near a wildfire fed by gusty winds and low humidity east of Vancouver, Washington, as fire officials got a better handle on fire activity amid weather changes.

About 3,000 residents were told to leave their homes Sunday night as the Nakia Creek Fire in eastern Clark County near Camas ballooned in size.

Officials have updated evacuation zones, saying they were lessening them but adding that the fire was still active and that things could again change.

Officials also updated the estimated area burned from 2,000 acres to some 1,565 acres after fire crews were better able to see the fire. Smoke from the fire and others burning in Washington and Oregon grounded aircraft Sunday, officials said.

No structures have been damaged by the fire, and no injuries have been reported, Sharon Steriti, spokesperson for the Department of Natural Resources, told The Columbian.

The Washougal School District closed all schools Monday. Two of the schools were inside mandatory evacuation areas.

The wildfire was burning in rugged terrain of brush and timber. Authorities also said they were looking for white or light-colored Subaru seen on video where the fire started Oct. 9, KOIN-TV reported.

Last week, Washington Department of Natural Resources officials said they believed the fire was “human-caused” as there was no lightning when it broke out. Officials said they were still trying to determine exactly how the flames sparked.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office said several roads had reopened Monday.

“Stay out of the area if you don’t need to be there,” the Sheriff’s Office tweeted. “Weather is improving and will allow more aerial firefighting opportunities but can’t if drones are up.”

Additional fire crews, including a larger team, were arriving Monday. The American Red Cross had opened shelters for evacuees.

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