Northwest fires force evacuations

first_imgSPOKANE — A small but fast-moving wildfire in Spokane prompted evacuation notices for more than 700 homes, authorities said Tuesday.The so-called Upriver Beacon Fire, which was less than 1 square mile, broke out near a residential area.Several homes caught fire, according to Spokane Valley Fire Department spokeswoman Melanie Rose. State officials said at least one structure had been completely destroyed.Susanna Lavrov, 26, was at home in the area when two people called her and said there was smoke nearby.“I went outside and it was like, ‘Oh my.’ It’s horrible,” she told the Spokesman-Review. “I could see the flames from my house.”She grabbed her three kids and fled but said she wanted to get back home because she was worried about her goats and chickens.last_img read more

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