Several fires burning near Nespelem force Level 3 evacuations

NESPELEM, Wash. — People living near Nespelem need to leave their homes now because of several fires burning in the area.

Okanogan County Emergency Management says Nespelem, Buffalo Lake, Agency, Cache Creek and other surrounding areas are all under a Level 3 evacuation. State Route 155 is open for people to get out. Officials do not want you to wait for door to door notifications.

There were four fires burning in the area Tuesday morning: the Joe Moses Road Fire, Chuweah Creek Fire, Frosty Meadows/Friedlander Fire and the Kino Fire.

As of Tuesday morning, seven structures, including three homes, were lost. Seven outbuildings were also lost. There is no current estimate on the number of acres burned by the fires.

Evacuations centers have been set up at Lake Roosevelt Elementary School and the church near the Colville Tribal Museum.

Resources were being sent from DNR Tuesday.

The fire is believed to have been caused by lightning strikes in the area Monday night.

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