Lind Fire is contained, evacuations lifted following loss of more than a dozen structures

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RETRANSMISSION TO CORRECT STATE - This photo provided by the Washington State Department of Transportation shows smoke from a wildfire burning south of Lind, Wash. on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022. Sheriff's officials are telling residents in the town of Lind in eastern Washington to evacuate because of a growing wildfire south of town that was burning homes.

UPDATE at 11:00 a.m. on Aug. 5: All evacuations have been lifted and the Lind Fire is fully contained across approx. 2,500 acres as community members begin to rebuild from the devastating effects of this wildfire.

According to Adams County Sheriff Wagner, fire crews worked through the night to ensure the blaze did not reignite. They will remain at the scene to monitor hotspots while volunteers rally from around the community to offer essential goods and support to those who were most impacted.

One firefighter was injured when combatting the fire and was flown to Spokane for emergency medical evaluation. As of Friday morning, the firefighter has returned home to recover alongside family members.

“We want to express our heartfelt concern for those that we negatively affected by this incident,” Sheriff Wagner said. “Our prayers and services are here to assist you!”

The most recent estimate suggests that a total of 14 structures including at least six homes burned in the Lind Fire.

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LIND, Wash. — Emergency responders from across Eastern Washington have responded to Lind, a town in Adams County where 2,000 acres of land have already burned through 10 homes. The entire community has been evacuated as firefighters work to contain the flames and prevent more homes from burning.

Immediate evacuations are required for anyone living in Lind or the surrounding area. The Adams County Sheriff’s Office estimates that 10 homes have been lost in the blaze. Any community members who were forced to evacuate and need somewhere to re-group can visit the Ritzville Grade School.

The Washington Emergency Management Division has declared that the fire is burning across 2,000 acres, as of their most recent update. They have already sent additional firefighting resources to help combat the flames.

PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Entire town of Lind being evacuated for wildfire, structures lost

Adams County officials announced that U.S. 395 was shut down southbound from Paha Packard Rd and northbound from Cunningham Rd. However, it has since been re-opened for thru-traffic. Initial reports suggested there was a second fire near the highway, but no further details have been made public on that blaze.

The Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office mobilized to support local firefighters in defending homes, crops and critical infrastructure. Reinforcements were requested by Chief Kevin Starring of Adams County Fire District No. 2.

At this stage of their firefighting efforts, officials have not identified the cause of this fire.

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